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Football fan's England ban

PUBLISHED: 15:59 31 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

A FOOTBALL fan from Ipswich has been banned from travelling abroad to watch England's crucial World Cup qualifying match with Germany tomorrow.

Sam Ordowski, 23, is due to appear before the courts on Monday for a civil hearing.

A FOOTBALL fan from Ipswich has been banned from travelling abroad to watch England's crucial World Cup qualifying match with Germany tomorrow.

Sam Ordowski, 23, is due to appear before the courts on Monday for a civil hearing. In the first case of its kind in the county Suffolk Police are attempting to impose a travelling ban on the Ipswich man.

Ordowski, who gave his address as Wordsworth Crescent, appeared before magistrates in Ipswich yesterday.

Chris Jackson, on behalf of the police, made an application for Ordowski to be banned from travelling abroad.

Tim Ridyard, for Ordowski, applied for the case to be adjourned.

New legislation under the Football Disorder Act gives police the power to apply for international travelling bans on fans known to have been involved in football related violence.

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

He was initially due to appear at a hearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court on Tuesday >. After failing to attend the case was adjourned to Monday. However police enforced powers allowing them to fast-track the case to court for yesterday's hearing - to ensure Ordowski appeared for a hearing before the crucial game in Munich.

Mr Ridyard said that Ordowski had no plans to travel to Germany for the game.

Magistrates again adjourned the case to Monday for a full hearing and applied bail conditions restricting Ordowski's movements.

He was told to surrender his passport to police and not to leave England and Wales. He was also banned from entering Ipswich town centre between 6pm and 11pm on Saturday > … the day of the England/Germany fixture.

Ordowski's case coincides with a police crackdown on potential troublemakers seeking to travel abroad.

Yesterday police detained eight men at various locations in the UK, including Stansted Airport, to stop them travelling. Police said they would be seeking banning orders from magistrates to prevent some of the men from going abroad.

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