Footy fan without passport failed to sign on

A football supporter forgot to sign on at the police station when England played in South Africa during the World Cup, a court heard.

Lincoln magistrates were told that Scott Daniel Murphy was given a three-year football banning order in 2008, which means he has to attend at the police station whenever England plays a game.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said he failed to turn up at the police station during England’s matches in the international tournament and surrender his passport.

Murphy (23) of Allenby Close, Lincoln, admitted breaching the order on May 30 and June 6. Ali Zaki, representing, said Murphy forgot because he doesn’t have a passport, and he is no longer interested in football.

Magistrates were advised that in considering the penalty they should think of his conduct and any misbehaviour that might have been committed at the time of the failure to report.

Murphy had not been involved in any bad conduct. He simply forgot.

The bench fined Murphy £25 on each failure to report, and ordered him to pay £40 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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