A 25-year-old man from Liverpool has been given a six year Football Banning Order when he appeared at North Liverpool Community Justice Centre on Monday.

Colin John Gill of Ullswater Street, Anfield was arrested after becoming abusive to stewards when caught smoking in the toilets at Goodison Park, during the Everton V Oldham Athletic match on January 5th this year.

He pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis, causing harassment, alarm and distress and obstructing a constable in execution of his duty.

As he was already serving a suspended sentence for another offence, he was sentenced to 10 months in prison, two months in prison for the drugs offence and 21 days for obstructing a police constable.

He has also received a six year football banning order.

A spokesperson for the Football Intel and Banning Orders Unit said: "Merseyside Police works in partnership with the football clubs across Merseyside to ensure that the behaviour of a limited number of individuals does not affect the enjoyment of genuine fans attending matches.

"I hope that this conviction and order sends out a clear message to those prepared to flout the regulations of the football club and smoke on the premises or those who are abusive to stewards or officers inside the grounds."