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Banning Order For Pudding

The Bradford streaker has today been given a banning order at Reading Magistrates Court, lasting three years.

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Remember the topless streaker that ran onto the pitch during the quarter-final win over Bradford at the Madejski? Well, The Guardian have today reported that Charlie Sumner, aka 'Pudding', has been banned from attending football matches for a period of three years for his troubles. The ruling, coming under the Football Offences Act 1991, also includes a fine of £265.00. However, 'Pudding' plans to appeal the decision.

Sumner is, completely unlike anyone who goes to matches at the Madejski, not actually a Reading fan. Naturally, being from Woodley, he supports Liverpool. He plays football at an amateur level, and works as a dry liner. He had this to say about the incident...

"I think that I've been made an example of and that both the banning order and the fine are harsh... I apologise to anyone I may have offended but the reason for going on the pitch was to celebrate. I've had my five minutes of fame and I won't be doing it again."

Louise Attrill, speaking for the prosecution, had an understandably dim view of Pudding's actions...

"It is quite clear he enjoyed the attention he received that day... this behaviour should be cracked down on, he should be made an example of."

If this episode has taught Pudding anything, it's that he can't have his cake and eat it. I'll get my coat...