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Multiple Prison Sentences After UK Track Brawl
A thirty-man fight at Goodwood racecourse in the UK last May has resulted in nine men being given prison sentences, reports theguardian.com. A total of eleven defendants pleaded guilty to a range of offenses in an oft-delayed case that was finally concluded on Tuesday. Sentences were handed out to nine of those involved, ranging from eight months to two years. The judge said, "Your convictions arise out of an appalling level of violence at Goodwood racecourse, a major incident on any view. It is quite clear that the collective actions of those involved caused distress to the public. What they experienced was a number of you engaging in a significant outbreak of violence." The British Horseracing Authority announced that it had banned all 11 of the convicted men from the sport for an indefinite period, with a minimum of three years. This means they will not be permitted to enter racecourses or racing stables, and licensed personnel are prohibited from discussing the sport with them. Chris Watts, head of integrity for the BHA, said, "A day at the races is a fun, safe and relaxing day out that is suitable for all the family. The sport will not tolerate any incidents of serious anti-social behaviour and, in this case, gratuitous violence. On the very rare occasions when it does occur we will work collaboratively with the police and the racecourses to ensure that the appropriate action is taken against the individuals involved."