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Disgraced Blues fan misses court date

PUBLISHED: 18:37 17 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich Town football fan who is appealing against a ban imposed under the Football Disorder Act, will have 28 days to bring his case after failing to turn up in court due to poor health.

AN Ipswich Town football fan who is appealing against a ban imposed under the Football Disorder Act, will have 28 days to bring his case after failing to turn up in court due to poor health.

Sam Ordowski, 23, was given a two-year order preventing him from travelling to any fixture, domestic or international, in England and Wales at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in September.

Ordowski who has previous convictions for football related disorder, was the first person to be brought before the courts in Suffolk for such a case.

Police enforced powers allowing them to fast track the case to court for September's hearing to ensure Ordowski appeared for a hearing before England's crucial game against Germany in Munich, which they won 5-1.

Although Ordowski said he had no plans to travel to Germany for the game, magistrates again applied bail conditions restricting Ordowski's movements.

He was told to surrender his passport to police and was also banned from entering Ipswich town centre between 6 and 11pm on game days.

Earlier this year Ordowski was ordered to attend an anger management course after he appeared at a magistrates court in London accused of threatening to kill an off duty police officer.

Ordowski had been banned from seeing the Tractor Boys for two years after a previous conviction for football related offences and was sent to prison for two months.

On January 20 he travelled to London with friends for Town's game against Chelsea, City of London magistrates were told.

The group was shadowed by detectives from the Football Intelligence Unit as they drank in a pub near the ground before kick off. Ordowski was seen by officers walking away from the ground while

his friends went through the turnstiles.

Trouble flared after the game when the 23-year-old tried to get on to the platform at Liverpool Street station for the journey home without a proper ticket, said Alun Evans, prosecuting.

An inspector told Ordowski his ticket was invalid but he tried to get on to the platform through another gate. When stopped again he began hurling abuse. An off duty officer approached Ordowski who then threatened him as his friends surrounded the policeman. When the officer tried to arrest the hooligan, Ordowski threatened to kill him and made a throat slitting gesture warning he would "do" the officer.

Magistrates put Ordowski on probation for 12 months ordered him to attend an anger management course and pay £50 costs. Ordowski admitted threatening behaviour at the hearing on March 15.


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