Swans fan abused rail officer after match
A SWANS fan from Ammanford who abused a British Transport Police officer has escaped a football banning order.
Jason Rosser, 29, swore at an officer who asked him to get off a train after a match, magistrates in Swansea were told.
Rosser, of Parc Gwernen, Fforestfach, Tycroes, admitted he had sworn at PC Stephens after he was asked to leave a train on September 1 — hours after the game against Sunderland finished.
PC Stephens had got onto a train, which was waiting at Swansea station after hearing chanting and singing. He asked the group to quieten down before he then heard a voice swear loudly.
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The officer asked Rosser, who had been drinking, not to swear but he replied: "I was only having a laugh. It was nothing."
The officer told him to leave the station to sober up and get a later train but Rosser became aggressive, swore and called the officer a "jobsworth".
British Transport Police applied for Rosser to be made subject to a Football Banning Order which would have stopped him attending games for the next three years.
Dan Heard, representing Rosser, said magistrates should refuse to make the application because the offence was not football-related, even though it took place after a match. "Just because a person was going to or from a football match, it doesn't make it automatically football-related. There must be something more," said Mr Heard.
He said father-of-two Rosser, who admitted a public order offence, had never been involved in a football- related incident before.
"Football is a big part of his life. He spread his father's ashes on the Vetch and he hopes when his own son is old enough, he will start taking him to the Liberty. He is not a football hooligan in any way, shape or form," said Mr Heard.
Magistrates declined to make the Football Banning Order but made Rosser subject to a 12-month community order and told him to complete 60 hours of unpaid work.