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Brothers in charge of safety of Robins fans guilty of assault.

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 13, 2012

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TWO brothers who are tasked with looking after the safety of fans at Robins games have appeared in court over an assault.

John Paul and Robbie Green are agency staff used by the Robins to steward supporters attending home games.

But the pair narrowly avoided jail last month for punching a man in a revenge attack.

Bosses at the club admitted they knew about the incident, which happened in July.

James Brown, spokesman for Cheltenham Town Football Club, said: "All these staff are hired through an agency but we do carry out checks on everyone who comes in.

"These two men have been working here for a few years. They have always done a very good job and have never been involved in any trouble at the club. We make sure we are aware of anything which our staff may have been involved in when we take them on.

"But we have never had any worries about these two men in the past."

The brothers, after pleading guilty to assaulting man during a night out in Swansea, saying they thought he was the perpetrator of an earlier attack on a mutual friend.

Their victim James Longden was left with his jaw fractured in two places.

He suffered a fracture to each side of his jaw after both brothers punched him, and he needed a metal plate inserted.

Robbie, 26, is a new father and was about to start a new job at the DVLA.

His brother John Paul, 23, had been working as a doorman but as a result of his conviction could lose his job.

They were both sentenced to 10 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months when they appeared before Swansea Crown Court last month.

They were also told to complete 80 hours of unpaid work and pay Mr Longden £625 compensation each.

Clive Gowing, chairman of the Robins' Trust, said he was concerned by the revelation.

"It's annoying as football has been dragged through the mud this year and I had hoped our club was better than that," he said.

"But we have to trust the decision of the head of stewards about these men who ensure we are safe as fans."

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  November 13 2012, 11:26AM

    @cheltenham20 - there are rules on sacking employees at the moment until the government gets rid of all employment law so your employer can just sack you or cut your wages as they feel fit! The BBC is taking disciplinary action against the staff involved but due to the law they must first be suspended, an investigation then takes place and then a meeting is held where they can make their defense etc. If you just sack someone "on the spot" you WILL end up at a tribunal and you WILL LOSE and have to pay out compensation!

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  • cheltenham20  |  November 13 2012, 9:35AM

    This is not the BBC, so ge trid of them..Fast

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