Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lout's Red Card; Thug Banned from Football Matches after Catalogue of Clashes

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lout's Red Card; Thug Banned from Football Matches after Catalogue of Clashes

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Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter

STAGGERING around bare-chested and flicking V-signs at police, this is soccer yob Jason Callanan.

The 34-year-old has been a regular fixture when trouble has flared before and after Newcastle United matches.

He was caught on camera bragging about his hooligan credentials as he orchestrated clashes with police and rival fans.

Callanan, of Orpington Avenue, Walker, Newcastle, even pretended to have previously been banned from games in a bid to impress fellow thugs.

Now, his wish has come true after police successfully applied at Newcastle Magistrates' Court for a football banning order against him.

The case was brought after Callanan was arrested following ugly scenes at the Tyne-Wear derby at St James's Park earlier this month.

A dossier of disorder was presented to the court, detailing his links to other high-profile hooligans.

Magistrates heard Callanan was part of an "aggressive and highly confrontational" crowd that gathered on Newcastle's Barrack Road after the Toon's draw with Sunderland on February 1.

Callanan was encouraging the group to chant and hurl abuse at police, before challenging one officer to a fight. A pal had to restrain him as he lunged in a bid to start a brawl.

Nearly two hours later, he was spotted again near Newcastle Central Station, where a Magpies mob had gathered to taunt Black Cats supporters as they were being led to the trains.

Road surface-layer Callanan, who lives with his partner and children in Newcastle's East End, was charged with causing harassment, alarm and distress and fined pounds 160.

The court went on to consider whether he should be banned from matches and heard evidence of his involvement in other incidents.

After Newcastle's game with Hull City, when large sections of supporters protested against the departure of Kevin Keegan, he was spotted with a gang of so-called "risk supporters" outside Tilley's Bar, on Westgate Road. …

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