Foot­ball yob breached ban with last minute holiday

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRITTON

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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Jor­dan Rus­coe

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