Football yob breached ban with last minute holiday
AMAN who was banned from football matches after throwing an object at rival supporters has been hauled back to court after he went on a last minute holiday.
Jordan Ruscoe, of Haddon Close, Macclesfield, was banned from attending Manchester City and England football matches following an incident when City played Sunderland in April 2014, a court heard.
The conditions of the three-year ban, imposed on May 8, 2014, meant he couldn’t leave the country when matches were taking place abroad and had to surrender his passport to Macclesfield police station before games.
But when Manchester City played Monaco in March, Ruscoe failed to attend the police station because he was away in Amsterdam with his girlfriend, the court was told.
He also failed to tell police that he had changed address.
Ruscoe, 22, admitted breaching a football banning order at Stockport magistrates court.
Prosecuting, Tess Kenyon, said: “The defendant was made subject to a football banning order in 2014.
“He’s had one conviction that led to the order being made, for throwing an item at a football match towards an area of spectators, which led to the banning order.
“Monaco and Manchester City had a fixture outside of the UK and to comply he should have reported at Macclesfield police station. He was aware of the conditions and had to report before any England or Manchester City match abroad.
“A letter was sent reminding him to report to the police station before the fixture. He failed to report and was arrested.
“His girlfriend got a last minute holiday deal and he was away in Amsterdam. He said he was too excited about going away and only realised on the morning of the match that it was that night.
“He had moved house with his girlfriend as a quick fix to get out of her parents’ house. Police spoke to his future father in law who said he had moved out of the address and he was arrested.”
The sentencing hearing was told that Ruscoe has breached his order on previous occasions.
Ruscoe, who represented himself in court, told the magistrates: “I’d not seen the letter. Since I’ve been banned, football is not my interest so I forget about the game. I should have taken more responsibility.”
Magistrates gave him a £200 fine for breaching the order and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a
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