Violent Wolverhampton football fan banned from matches for three years – with VIDEO
A football fan from Wolverhampton who punched a police officer before an England match in Amsterdam has been banned from attending games for three years.
Haydn Ward, from Wolverhampton, and Nathan Felkin, from Birmingham, will both not be able to attend any football matches until 2022 following a police investigation.
Attention was first drawn to the pair when 26-year-old Ward punched a police officer and Felkin, age 22, threw two bikes into the canal and stamped on the wheel of another in Amsterdam ahead of a match against Holland last March.
West Midlands Police found that both men had displayed aggressive behaviour when supporting teams in the West Midlands.
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 being aggressive.
WATCH a video of Ward and Felkin involved in the Amsterdam violence here:
The force pursued football banning orders against the men which were granted on Wednesday last week.
Felkin, of Bearwood Road, Birmingham; and Ward, of Renton Road, Wolverhampton, are now banned from attending football games for three years.
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."