Five men accused of disorder at the PNE’s Capital One Cup clash with Blackpool have had their charges dismissed.
Anthony Smalley, Justin Nixon, Kieran Dunne, Wesley Howson and Andrew Duffy no longer face charges relating to the disorder which saw hundreds of fans running onto the pitch and a steward trampled by a police horse.
The case against 11 other supporters continues.
Following the match, which saw PNE win 1-0 against Blackpool, police said supporters were caught up in a number of scuffles, the stadium was damaged, a steward was knocked over by a police horse and there was further trouble in the city centre.
Smalley, 29, of Troutbeck Place, Ribbleton; Nixon, 41, of Canon Hill, Ashton; Dunne, 36, of Sylvancroft, Ingol; Duffy, 35, of De Lacy Street, Ashton; and Howson, 25, of Well Orchard, Bamber Bridge; always denied affray.
They appeared at Preston Crown Court where their defence lawyers lodged an application to dismiss their charges.
The judge ruled in their favour and the men are now free from further court appearances.
Daniel Brown, 19, of The Dingle, Fulwood; David Hough 38, of Normandy Road, Woodplumpton; Adam Hulme, 23, of Lindon Grove, Ribbleton; Christopher Donnelly, 19, of Levensgarth Avenue, Fulwood; Marlon Cross, 28, of Sheephill Brow, Clayton-le-Woods; David Lewis, 43, of Ashworth Grove, Preston; Benjamin Shaw, 21, of Barnfield, Kirkham; Thomas Malkin, 31, of Winsfell View, Morecambe, and Christopher Tucker, 33, of Mayfield Avenue, Lancaster will now stand trial at Preston Crown Court on September 15.