The 12 Lincoln City hooligans who were today sentenced for football related violence in the city give law abiding fans a bad name, according to police.
Eleven men were locked up for their part in the violence in and around the Ritz in High Street before the Imps' home game with Luton Town on October 6 last year.
The twelfth was given an 18-month Detention and Training Order.
DI Suzanne Davies, of Lincolnshire Police, praised the police operation in the aftermath of the fighting.
She said: “This was a protracted police investigation that went to great lengths to track down every single offender involved in the violence on that day.
"Its success was largely down to the tenacity and professionalism of PC Andy Pearson.
“All of these offenders are thugs who masquerade as football fans.
"They give decent, law abiding home and visiting fans a bad name and they have rightfully been brought to justice.
“We hope our investigation and the subsequent convictions and sentences send out a very clear message to offenders in Lincoln and those visiting to cause trouble. We will arrest you and put you before the courts.”