Wembley ban for student who ‘hates football’

A STUDENT from Boston was banned from watching football at Wembley Stadium for a week – even though he hates the sport.

The bizarre punishment – when there wasn’t even a game planned at the stadium – was handed down to 22-year-old Tyrell Dawson, of Thorold Street, by Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday after he committed an assault.

Dawson was already on a suspended sentence for fracturing a man’s skull with a single punch when he attacked a bouncer after being thrown out of a Nottingham night club.

But Judge Michael Heath, sitting at Lincoln Crown Court, decided not to activate the 51-week suspended jail sentence and instead imposed a prohibited activity order banning Dawson from attending any football match at Wembley Stadium within the next seven days.

The judge said that because he was not jailing Dawson he was required to impose an additional condition on the original suspended sentence.

He told Dawson: “Because I have not activated the suspended sentence order I have got to make the original order more onerous.

“I am going to add a prohibited activity requirement. You shall not attend any football matches at Wembley Stadium in the next seven days.

“The suspended sentence order is still in place and you will not be so lucky next time.”

Dawson admitted breaching a suspended sentence imposed in November 2010 for inflicting grievous bodily harm which left his victim Zachary Ward with a fractured skull.

Dawson was caught on CCTV carrying out a victory dance around his victim after knocking him down with a single punch.

Dawson also pleaded guilty to common assault as a result of the latest incident on October 21, 2011. He was fined £100 for that offence and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

Timothy Palmer, prosecuting, said that Dawson was ejected from the BZR Club in Nottingham city centre because he was so drunk. Outside, he punched out at one of the doormen, connecting with the side of his head, but caused no visible injury.

Later, when he was interviewed by police Dawson said he could not remember anything of the incident.

Emma Coverley, defending, said Dawson, who is studying a BSc in computer sciences at Nottingham Trent University, had received good reports for his studies and already has a job offer after graduation.

She told the judge: “Much will depend on what course of action you take. He accepts that he has placed in peril all that he has worked for – his education, his career and, not least, his liberty.”

Miss Coverley said Dawson had successfully completed the conditions of his original suspended sentence including 200 hours’ unpaid work and a 16-week curfew as well as paying £1,000 compensation to his victim.

Speaking after the hearing Dawson said: “It’s a bizarre sentence. I hate football and I’ve no intention of ever going to watch a match at Wembley.”

Prohibited activity requirements were introduced in 2005 and require that the offender refrains from participating in any specified activity or activities.

Guidelines suggest the orders could include a ban on entering a particular public house or attending a football match.