Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Two-Year Match Ban for Soccer Hooligan

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Two-Year Match Ban for Soccer Hooligan

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Byline: By Amy Cartmell

A tyneside soccer hooligan who tried to sneak out to Euro 2004 by boarding a flight to Portugal via Liverpool has been slapped with a banning order.

Stephen Oliver, of St Ann's Court, Byker, Newcastle, was detained at John Lennon International Airport on June 15 by officers from a police soccer intelligence unit.

Oliver, 33, appeared before Liverpool magistrates yesterday and accepted a 26-month football banning order. Information had been passed to the court by Northumbria Police.

Under the order he is prohibited from attending professional soccer matches in the UK as well as Newcastle and England internationals.

On the day of his arrest he had his passport confiscated. Magistrates ordered the document should be returned to him subject to various conditions.

He must surrender his passport to Newcastle officers five days before any England away match or any Newcastle game abroad.

He also agreed to report to a police station on the day of every England match.

In a five-minute hearing Oliver spoke only to confirm his name and address and to acknowledge that he understood and accepted the terms of the order. …

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