A 19-year-old man from Maidenhead has been banned from attending any football match for three years after running onto the pitch at Reading FC.

William Cullum, 19 of All Saints Avenue, Maidenhead appeared at Reading Magistrates Court on January 31 in relation to an incident at a Reading v Ipswich Town match on August 29.

During the match, the man ran onto the pitch at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

This banning order places restrictions on Cullum attending any football match in the UK for three years and also a ban on some regulated football matches outside the United Kingdom.

Dedicated Football Officer, PC Steve Mountain, said: “I welcome the court imposing this banning order on Cullum following his actions last August.

 “These orders not only restrict supporters convicted of football-related offences watching the team they follow but apply to all regulated football matches in the United Kingdom and some international matches and tournaments as well.

Football Banning orders are made by courts to help prevent violence or disorder at or in connection with regulated football matches.

PC Mountain added: “Football matches should be a safe place for all people and Thames Valley Police will always deal with incidents at football matches seriously and apply for Football Banning Orders where appropriate.”

Callum was also ordered to pay court costs and a victim surcharge of £111.

The order also requires him to attend a police station to surrender travel documents when instructed to do so as well as a requirement to notify the police of any change in name or address.

Failure to obey the order carries a sentence of up to six months’ imprisonment or a fine for each offense.