Royal 'Pudding' - Somersaulting topless Reading fan receives three-year ban for pitch invasion
Published 30/04/2015 | 12:17
A football fan who ran onto a pitch topless and performed somersaults during an FA Cup match has received a three-year banning order.
Charlie Sumner, 20, staged a one-man invasion at Reading's Madejski Stadium during their quarter-final replay with Bradford City last month.
The Reading supporter, nicknamed "Pudding", whose team were 3-0 up at the time, did four front flips on the pitch, landing on his back each time, before he was tackled by stewards.
The match on March 16 was being broadcast live to millions of viewers on BBC One, while footage of Sumner's antics went viral on the internet.
At Reading Magistrates' Court today, a banning order for three years was imposed. He was also fined £265.
Sumner's solicitor entered a guilty plea on his behalf at an earlier hearing to one count of going onto a playing area at a football match under the Football Offences Act 1991.
Sumner, of Grays Crescent, Woodley, Berkshire, was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £27 victim surcharge. He said afterwards that he planned to appeal against his sentence.
"I think that I've been made an example of and that both the banning order and the fine are harsh," he said.
"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."