Fan jailed for punching Stevenage player

LONDON - A fan was jailed for 12 weeks and handed a six-year ban from football grounds for running on to the pitch and punching a Stevenage player after last month's FA Cup win over Premier League Newcastle United.

Robert Fitzgerald, 24, hit Stevenage defender Scott Laird as he celebrated with fellow supporters on the pitch after the League Two side's shock 3-1 home third round win on January 8.

Fitzgerald admitted common assault and also pleaded guilty to entering the field without lawful authority.

The incident, which was captured by TV cameras, occurred because the player previously had a relationship with Fitzgerald's girlfriend and "not treated her correctly," Stevenage Magistrates' Court was told.