Two football fans banned from games following Amsterdam violence

Two football fans from the West Midlands who were involved in disorder while following England have been banned from games for three years.

Nathan Felkin threw two bikes into the canal and stamped on the wheel of another; while Haydn Ward punched a police officer as trouble flared in the city of Amsterdam ahead of a match against Holland last March.

Further investigations by West Midlands Police’s football unit revealed them to be involved in other aggressive behaviour when supporting teams in the region. This included Ward putting other fans' safety at risk while jumping between stands during a Wolves match at West Ham earlier this season, and using offensive language on a train after a game against Leicester City in August.

Felkin - who was previously fined for entering the field of play at a match between Sheffield United and Aston Villa last January - also had to be escorted from a fixture with Rotherham at Villa Park in September after demonstrating aggressive behaviour. 

The force pursued football banning orders against the men which were granted civil banning orders at Black Country and Walsall Magistrates courts last week. Insp Andy Bridgewater, from the force’s football unit, said:

"We will not tolerate violent and intimidating behaviour from football fans across our region. It is completely unacceptable and puts other safety and enjoyment of attending games at risk.

"From our own evidence and working alongside police in Holland we were able to build up a strong case against Felkin and Ward. These orders will be closely monitored and if they fail to comply can face jail.

"This should serve as a strong warning that we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and those involved in football-related trouble - even when outside the UK - are not free from the law."

Felkin, aged 22, of Bearwood Road, Birmingham; and Ward, aged 26, of Renton Road, Wolverhampton, are now banned from attending football games for three years. 


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