A BARNSLEY fan who repeatedly punched a rival supporter in the face has been banned from attending football matches for three years.

Jared Ambler, 43, of Clough Lane, Hoyland, pleaded guilty to assault at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court on Monday (February 6).

The court heard how on Good Friday last year, Ambler was returning from a home game against Scunthorpe with friends on a train.

British Transport Police say that when a group of Scunthorpe fans boarded the same train, an altercation took place and Ambler was punched in the face.

Police say he reacted by throwing punches at his 25-year-old victim in a what they described as a "reckless" attack.

The assault left the victim needing hospital treatment for a facial injury that required six stitches.

Ambler received a three-year banning order and was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 100 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £150 compensation, £250 court costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

As well as prohibiting him from attending football matches, the banning order prevents him from entering the railway when Barnsley are playing away or England are at home.

Detective Constable Ian Grice said: “This was a shocking assault on a rival fan who was returning from a day out watching his team with friends.

“Not content with one punch, Ambler continued to rain blows to his victim’s face, leaving him covered in blood.

"Ambler is now unable to go and watch his team – or any other – for the next three years. This should act as a reminder to other troublemakers about the potential consequences of their actions“The vast majority of football fans are well-behaved but sadly, there is a very small minority – like Ambler – who are intent on causing trouble."