British fan banned from watching football after throwing chair during Euro 2016 clashes

Daniel Warlow prohibited from attending or watching football in any public place on match days

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French police fire tear gas as they clash with English fans in Marseille | File photo: PA Images

An England fan has been banned from watching football for five years for throwing a chair during Euro 2016 clashes in Marseille.

Daniel Warlow, 24, from West Midlands, was on a football hooligan watchlist and was well known to police, although he had no previous convictions.

The Birmingham City supporter had been involved in clashes with fans at league games since 2009, a district judge was told.

On June 9th, Mr Warlow was stopped at Birmingham Airport by a police officer who recognised him.
He told the officer that he intended to travel to Marseille to watch England play Russia and that he had a ticket.

On June 11th, the same police officer saw a picture of Mr Warlow throwing a chair during a clash with Russian fans.

Authorities were alerted and he was arrested on his return to the UK.

Lawyer Shabir Quershi, defending, said Mr Warlow had been caught "bang to rights" but he added his client and other England fans had been provoked by Russia supporters who had been "tooling up with martial arts gloves and batons".

"He is a man of good character. He travelled, was vetted and allowed to go on his way," he added.

"While in Marseille he admits that he foolishly picked up a chair and threw it. He accepts that he should have moved himself away and got out of that situation."

Mr Warlow will be banned from travelling to, attending or watching football in any public place on match days. He must also surrender his passport during international fixtures.

District Judge Shamin Qureshi said the behaviour of the fans was "quite disgraceful by anyone's standards".

"It's difficult to comprehend anyone who condones or supports it," he said.