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Cardiff fans sentenced after footage of them attacking Swansea fan celebrating goal

Cardiff fans have been sentenced after footage of them emerged showing them attacking a Swansea supporter who was celebrating a goal.

A video has been released by police of the moment two Cardiff supporters assaulted a Swansea fan in the stands after he celebrated a last-minute winning goal in the Cardiff end.

The individuals responsible for the attack were identified through mobile phone footage and CCTV footage captured within the stadium.

Brothers Cory Jones, aged 28, and Steven Jones, aged 34, targeted Swansea supporter Samuel Evans during the south Wales derby at the Cardiff City Stadium on the 1st of April 2023.

Mr Evans had bought a ticket for the game in the Cardiff section as he was unable to obtain one in the away section.

He celebrated a victorious Swansea goal in the 99th minute and displayed his Swansea shirt, leading to the Jones brothers crossing over several seats and proceeded to physically assault the Swansea fan.

Please note, the video below contains footage some people may find upsetting. Viewer discretion is advised.


Two men have received a Football Banning Orders and suspended prison sentences following an assault at the Cardiff City Stadium during last season’s South Wales derby.

The victim was a Swansea City fan who was sat with a group of friends in the home end among Cardiff City fans on April 1, 2023.

When Swansea City scored the winning goal deep in injury time, the victim instinctively jumped up to celebrate which led to him being assaulted.

Steven Jones, 33, from Mountain Ash, and Cory Jones, 28, from Abercynon, pleaded guilty to assault and affray and were yesterday (Tuesday, March 12) sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court.

The brothers were identified from CCTV and mobile phone footage which showed them throwing punches and kicking.

Stadium stewards and other supporters intervened to prevent the assault and protect the victim who was pushed down approximately 10 steps into a row of seats before being escorted out of the stadium.

The 23-year-old from Neath was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, where he was treated for cuts and bruises to his head, back and torso.

Footage showed Jones and Jones laughing in the concourse following the incident.

Cardiff City Dedicated Football Officer PC Simon Chivers, from South Wales Police, said:

“This was appalling behaviour and no doubt the overwhelming majority of Cardiff City fans who are well-behaved and passionate about their club, will be shocked by this incident.

“Given the volume of punches and kicks to the head, it is remarkable and fortunate that this assault did not result in more serious injury.

“Whenever there is evidence of football-related disorder or violence we always pursue those responsible in order that appropriate action is taken.

“This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated at the Cardiff City Stadium.”

In addition to the five-year football banning order, Steven Jones was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years and Cory Jones was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years.

Cory Jones was made subject to a 120-day abstinence from alcohol order and must complete 180 hours of unpaid work.

Steven Jones was also made subject to 120-day abstinence from alcohol order and must complete 120 hours of unpaid work.

They must each pay the victim £500 compensation.

Police are still trying to identify two other suspects in connection with this assault seen here in CCTV images.

Suspect three

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Suspect three

* Suspect three is described as white, male, approximately 30 to 35 years of age, of stocky build, with short black hair, and what appears to be a tribal tattoo on either side of his neck. He was wearing blue denim jeans and a black Stone Island coat.

Suspect four

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Suspect four

* Suspect four is described as white, male approximately 25 to 30 years old, of medium build, approximately 6ft tall, with dark brown short hair with a brown beard. He was wearing a grey zip-up jacket, a black t-shirt with a large white motif / logo on his chest and either grey jogging bottoms or denim jeans.

These two individuals or anyone with information is asked to contact us by one of the following, means quoting 2300109287:

Always call 999 in an emergency.

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Twitter users gave their reaction with the two Cardiff fans sentenced after footage emerged of them attacking Swansea fan celebrating a goal…

@extravelservice: Sad thing is, when Wales are playing at the Cardiff City Stadium, the two defendants and the Swansea City supporter could have been standing side by side.

@mathiasonboxing: Would happen at most football grounds in the country if you celebrate a goal for your arch rival – brought it on himself. Doesn’t justify it but could have been easily avoided.

@Nigelmccann2: Don’t go in the home end,and celebrate when your team score, he knew what was going happen, dc

@Lloydtoghill: Hope the Swansea fan had a banning order.. inciting crowd trouble. Should never be in the home end especially on derby day

@kevevs1908: Shouldn’t be in the home end to begin with that’s a given but if any sense was used these two should be in jail and be given a life ban and the Swans fan be given a life ban too from all grounds. If a Cardiff fan did the same the outcome would be same.

@bluenose199011: Deserved it. Will think twice about being a belllend next time.

@MotorCityCobro: Whats the Swansea fan doing in the home end?

@darkie1927: Buying my ticket for Saturday’s game in the home end then – I can completely ignore all the requirements of the bubble trip.😂

@toothfairyrdn: How is this acceptable on any level, it should not make a difference where you sit, he should be able to enjoy the game and celebrate, I don’t understand how people think it’s ok for him to be attacked, they should be in prison #BeKind

@harryhpalmer: with that level of violence, they should have been jailed.

@LipsJsm: He shouldn’t have been in the Cardiff end. He knew that before he bought the ticket.

@HelenOa09466663: It’s very disturbing and disappointing . Christ it’s 2024 , I know these clubs are biggest rivals – notoriously known for / yet this is unacceptable. Yet why was he in the Cardiff end ???

@garethwynhughes: This is despicable behaviour! They should never be allowed into a football game ever again. And the sentence is way too lenient!

@BlackClawEmb: When a prison sentence is suspended, they’ve been sentenced to nothing! But then they can’t be sent to jail cos they’re all full!

@Denton80919393: What is wrong with people today…I can do what I want then blame people for not liking it..clearly says he celebrated the goal and instinctively showed his Swansea shirt??? Cmon now u don’t have to instinctively do that so he done that for a reaction and he got it

@Ianjones143: The sentences should not have been suspended and the ban should have been for life. The justice system is messed up. 😖

@LfcSince: Thugs and shouldn’t have had a suspended sentence. Should have had gone down! On the other hand, what was he doing in the Cardiff end. You are asking for trouble with all the bad blood the clubs have.

@AdamT1875: If you’re stupid enough to sit in the home end, in a fucking MASSIVE derby, and celebrate a 90+ winner. You need to accept you’re going to get weighed in. No one to blame but himself. Idiot.

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