A FOOTBALL fan who threw a flare at a referee has become the first woman in Britain to be banned from all matches.
CCTV footage showed Abbie-Leigh Reay, 23, dancing in celebration when the missile landed near ref Lee Swabey and the opposition goalie.
Despite her arrest, Reay posted winking pictures of her at the match with her girlfriend, along with a laughing emoji and the caption: “Before it all went downhill.”
One of her comments read: “Just hope I don’t get banned.”
Sefton JPs fined her £250 with £654 costs.
Sentencing, District Judge Paul Healey, said: “You throw the flare on to the pitch which puts people there at risk.
“No one is struck but there is a risk and as a result of your actions, police and stewards had to intervene.
“There was a large crowd which put them in a difficult situation.
“They have to take action.
“There is a risk of it escalating further.”