Footy club boss slams ‘vendetta’

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A FOOTBALL club owner slammed po­lice and pros­e­cu­tors who tried him for or­gan­is­ing football vi­o­lence af­ter his case was dropped

Andy Swal­low ( above), 53, of Grays Ath­letic, was said to have plot­ted “mass vi­o­lence” be­tween Mill­wall and West Ham fans at the East­brook pub in Da­gen­ham, east Lon­don, where mi­nor scuf­fles broke out.

Swal­low had been in­volved with the no­to­ri­ous In­ter City Firm of West Ham fans many years ago but in­sisted he was vic­tim of a po­lice vendetta.

He said: “It was rot­ten pros­e­cu­tion. There was never any ev­i­dence against me. My IFC days were long ago.”

Pros­e­cu­tors claimed record pro­ducer Swal­low, of Black­wall, east Lon­don, and oth­ers tried to ar­range a brawl for the third round FA Cup tie on Jan­uary 7 last year.

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