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Soccer thug banned from matches for 10 years

PUBLISHED: 13:12 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:46 05 October 2010

A FOOTBALL thug has been banned from matches for the next 10 years after appearing in court for public disorder. Steve Wright was given the longest ban possible when he appeared before magistrates for a public order offence ahead of the Arsenal-Spurs match on October 29

A FOOTBALL thug has been banned from matches for the next 10 years after appearing in court for public disorder.

Steve Wright, a Spurs supporter from Edmonton, was given the longest ban possible when he appeared before Highbury Corner magistrates yesterday (Wednesday).

The 42-year-old was also given three months prison for a public order offence and for breaching his existing football banning order.

Wright was arrested on October 29 by police spotters monitoring risk’ groups ahead of the Arsenal-Spurs match that night.

Pc Stephen Davies, from the Met’s local football office, said: “We want to keep football for the fans, not the thugs.

“Banning orders are effective in dealing with those who still think it’s okay to commit crime, disorder and intimidation in the name of the game.

“A 10-year ban is the longest you can receive and should send a clear message to those involved in disorder.”

There are currently only 14 banning orders of this length in London and just 63 in the whole country.

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