Bournemouth fan who threw pie at Chelsea match could face a ban

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A disgruntled Bournemouth fan could be facing a ban after he threw a pie onto the pitch during the Cherries' Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea in December.

Adam Cox, from Christchurch in Dorset, launched the pie in anger during Bournemouth's 1-0 defeat to the Blues at Stamford Bridge, where Eden Hazard scored the only goal of the game in the 86th minute.

Cox was convicted in his absence of one count of throwing a missile on to a football playing area and could now face a football banning order.

The Cherries fan served a three-year football banning order back in 2012 for a similar offence - it appears he hasn't learnt his lesson.

The defendant was spotted throwing the pie shortly after kick-off by Chelsea steward Dominic Agbo. Cox was seated in the 'Shed End', used to house the Bournemouth fans for December's Carabao Cup tie. It is not known whether the pie hit anyone.

Agbo said in his written witness statement:

“The football match was a sell-out, with approximately 40,000 supporters present. At around 8.05pm, I was posted to the South Stand upper, behind the goal.

“I saw the Bournemouth fan throw something [on to the pitch] between the corner flag and the goal. CCTV was reviewed and security saw the male.”


Following the incident, Cox was escorted out of the ground and spoken to by police. The 27-year-old reportedly admitted his guilt as he thought it would mean he could 'go home'.

PC Kerry Jarrett, who was the officer dealing with the situation, said:

"Initially I thought he was going to be dealt with by way of a community resolution, but he had already been the subject of a football banning order.

“Cox admitted he told stadium staff he threw the pie so he could just go home. He continued to say he already admitted it. But then he looked at the statement [written by Jarrett] and said I was writing lies, and he wouldn’t sign it. He started to get agitated.”

Cox - who was described in court as being around 6ft 4 and of athletic build - was handcuffed and taken into custody after becoming disgruntled at PC Jarret's statement.

The Cherries fan skipped his court date at Westminster Magistrates in January and was convicted in his absence yesterday.

A warrant was issued to him regarding the imposition of a new football banning order; a clerk confirmed that should he wish to contest it, then he'll have to appear in court at a later date.

The filling of said pie remains a mystery, however Chelsea only offer lamb, rosemary and garlic on their matchday menu.

The identity of the pie in question is unknown.


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