Sunderland fan was too drunk to board train home

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A SOUTH Tyneside football fan who was too drunk to board a train home after travelling to London to attend a match has appeared in court.

Sean Tolson, of Langley Terrace, Jarrow, who had been in the capital to see Sunderland play Fulham, was spotted by commuters in a drunken state at Putney Bridge station on January 11.

He was approached by a British Transport Police officer and told to leave but was arrested when he refused and became abusive.

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of being drunk and disorderly at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

John McGlone, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was standing on the top staircase of the eastbound platform at Putney Bridge station at 5.30pm.

“Other passengers saw he was drunk, and not fit to travel.

Mr McGlone added that Tolson had also been twice thrown out of Craven Cottage due to his behaviour, and he made an application for a football banning order to be put in place.

Laura Johnson, defending, asked for an adjournment to get more information on the banning order.

The case was adjourned until Friday, February 14.