Four Luton fans who were subjected to a vicious attack by Lincoln hooligans have been cleared of violent disorder.
Andrew Leach, 50, of Cutlers Green, Luton; Gary Crocker, 53, of Lalleford Road, Luton; Matthew Owens, 29, of Long Chaulden, Hemel Hempstead, and Martin Roe, 44, of Marquis Close, Harpenden, were targeted in the assault.
Lincoln Crown Court heard how all four admitted being caught up in the violence but that all the action they took was in self defence.
Liam Walker, defending Mr Roe, told the court that he was a man of good character and his actions in fact stopped the unprovoked attack.
He said: "He voluntarily surrendered himself to the police as soon as he found he was a suspect. He threw two chairs into an empty area.
"What he actually achieved was to stop the Lincoln group advancing."
Simon Connolly, defending Mr Owens, said: "There is nobody injured here or glassed in the face. He had a glass in his hand and his evidence is that he threw that on to the ground in front of him."
Julian Winship, defending Mr Crocker, said: "There is just one question. What was Mr Crocker supposed to do?
"The Lincoln fans started throwing glasses. How were they being thrown? They were thrown indiscriminately."