Man banned from football matches nationwide after unrest at Hartlepool matches


They say that “those who engage in such behavior should expect action to be taken against them in court.”

The Teesside Magistrates’ Court has heard that Craig Howley was involved in numerous incidents of disorder during Hartlepool United games.

Among the teams the club were playing when the incident occurred were Stockport County, Oxford United, Wrexham and Carlisle United.

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The Hartlepool case was heard by Teesside Magistrates’ Court in Middlesbrough. Photo by FRANK REID

Howley, 28, of Longfellow Walk, Hartlepool, had already received a three-year restraining order in 2012.

Under the court order earlier this week, he is barred from entering premises for the purpose of attending football matches in England and Wales.

Subject to a possible waiver, he will also be required to present his passport and report to a designated police station in England and Wales on the occasion of certain regulated football matches played outside the United Kingdom. .

Cleveland Police Sgt Adrian Dack said after the case: “Football ban orders have proven to be an excellent tool to help reduce the violence and unrest associated with football which continues to plague the nation. soccer.

“The legislation was designed to be used against those like this man, allowing police to remove from football those who cause or contribute to violence and disorder.

“Those who engage in such behavior should expect action to be taken against them in court. We will not tolerate it and we will take action where possible. “

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