Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Two More England Fans Turned Back from Japan

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Two More England Fans Turned Back from Japan

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Byline: SHEKHAR BHATIA

TWO more England football supporters have been sent back from Japan.

Mark Holden, 33, from Burnley, was refused entry by immigration authorities at Narita airport in Tokyo, the UK's National Criminal Intelligence Service said today.

Holden was not among the 1,007 England supporters who have had their passports confiscated under banning orders. But he was among hundreds who have had their profiles passed to Japanese police by NCIS.

He was convicted of threatening behaviour towards a police officer during the last World Cup in 1998 and was sentenced to two months, police said. A travelling companion of Holden, who has not been named, was also refused entry to Japan. They were stopped a few days after James Benedict Rayment, 34, from Banbury and his travelling companion were halted on arrival.

The first England fan to be turned away from this World Cup, Derby County supporter Andrew Cooper, 37, was sent back to Germany last week after being refused entry to South Korea. …

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