Seven Peterborough United fans could be banned from football matches after a mass brawl with Leicester City supporters in Peterborough city centre.
The yobs scrapped in Broadway outside a pub following Posh’s play-off semi final with Leyton Orient on 10 May 2014.
Some of the fans were seen throwing bottles, while shoppers scattered to avoid the violence.
On Wednesday the seven Posh fans and one Leicester fan appeared at Peterborough Magistrates Court. All had admitted their part in the fight, but denied the scrap was football related.
However, Deputy District Judge Caroline Jackson ruled the violence had been started because of the football rivalry.
Following the decision, some of the defendants swore in disbelief as they sat in the court.
Stuart Sampson, prosecuting said: “The case is that this was an incident between Leicester City and Peterborough United fans. The Peterborough fans were in Yates in Broadway, when the Leicester fans came in.”
CCTV showed the Leicester group had been in the pub a about four seconds before the trouble started.
Damian Willett, defending Ben Horrocks, said: “There was no indication this was football related. No-one was wearing football colours. The Peterborough match had finished hours beforehand, and Leicester did not have a game, as they had won promotion already, and were playing in a different division.”
The Peterborough fans said they were in the pub for a variety of reasons, including celebrating birthdays and enjoying a meal with family and friends.
Leicester City fan Jordan Fraser said the group of Leicester fans had only been in Peterborough for a birthday celebration at the city greyhound stadium.
However, he admitted he was currently subject to a football banning order following an incident between Leicester City and Doncaster Rovers fans in 2011.
Judge Jackson said she decided the incident was football related because of the short amount of time the Leicester fans were in Yates’, and comments made in police interview where some defendants said they knew Leicester fans were involved.
They will be sentenced on a future date, when football banning orders could be imposed.
Peterborough United fans Mark Appleby (28), of Montague Road, Peterborough, Graham Ashton (45), of Hammonds Drive, Peterborough, Darren Horn (37), of Alexander Road, Wrestingworth, Bedfordshire, Kevin Horn (58) of Alexander Road, Wrestlingworth, Bedfordshire, Ben Horrocks (18) of Sheepwalk, Peterborough, Thomas Hunter (18) of Crabtree, Peterborough, and Terry Paulucci (51) of Crocus Grove, Peterborough, and Leicester City fan Jordan Fraser of Glengate, Wigston, Leicestershire, all pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour at a previous hearing. Hunter also pleaded guilty to racially/religiously aggravated fear/provocation of violence by words following comments he made to a police officer.
They were granted bail until the next hearing.