Hooligans back in court

Firefighter Garry Mann, who was dubbed a hooligan ringleader by a Portuguese court after being arrested for disorderly behaviour during the Euro 2004 tournament in June, has confirmed his appeal against the two year prison sentence handed down by judges in Albufeira.

Mann was deported following the sentencing and then freed on bail. A Home Office spokesman revealed that, despite Portuguese hopes to the contrary, Mann will not serve the prison sentence in the UK, due to a lack of legislative framework. Mann’s solicitor, Look Chih Wang, said the firefighter was appealing to the Constitutional Court in Lisbon.

Nine other England fans, who face football banning orders after they were kicked out of Portugal for rioting, had their bail extended this week. The men did not appear in court. Their bail papers were served in the waiting room at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in west London, England. Three of the men appeared in person to receive their renewed bail papers. They were Peter Barwick, 37, from Thornby, David Jackson, 30, from Peterborough, and John Parkes, 19, from Dudley.

The other seven men were excused from attending, but were represented by solicitors. They were Mann, 46, from Faversham, Kent; Richard Barker, 24, from Castleford, West Yorkshire; John Jackson, 22, from Newcastle; David Marsh, 20, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire; Matthew Smith, 24, from Shepford; Ricky Tsigarides, 21, from Cheshunt, Herts, and Andrew Williams, 22, from Burgess Hill, West Sussex. All 10 men are to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on November 22 for a pre-trial review. Their bail conditions were amended so they are now unconditional.