A NEWCASTLE United fan who failed to comply with a football banning order has received an absolute discharge from magistrates in South Tyneside.
Back in September 2011, Joseph Millward, of West Park Road, South Shields, was sentenced to the order.
It came after he was filmed taking part in a pitch invasion during a friendly game between Darlington and Newcastle.
As a result of the three-year ban, he was required to surrender his passport at South Shields Police Station whenever England played an international abroad.
In September last year he submitted an application to the football authorities asking for a ban exemption – so he could take up a position working on a cruise ship off the Spanish coast.
But unknown to him, the email attachments he sent could not be opened, and he was left without exemption when England played an international match on September 10 – when he was working abroad.
At South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court this week, Millward admitted failing to comply with the banning order under the Football Spectators’ Act 1989.
Charles Carr, prosecuting. said: “I was a little disappointed that the football banning authorities didn’t deal with this in another way, rather than summons him to court.
“It’s not as if the authorities asked him to attend a surgery or a caution, or anything like that.
“Mr Millward is an extremely hard-working young man with no previous convictions.”
Magistrates accepted it was a “technical breach” and gave Millward an absolute discharge.