Tommy Robinson banned from attending football matches for four years
He will miss the Qatar World Cup and Euro 2024
Tommy Robinson - real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon - has been banned from attending any football matches for four years following a violent incident that occurred outside a UEFA Nations League match in June 2019.
The former leader of the English Defence League was filmed punching another England fan before the Three Lions played the Netherlands in Portugal.
The Bedfordshire police applied for a banning order after the incident, which a court has now granted, banning Robinson from “all regulated football matches, home and abroad” for the next four years.
He was also ordered to pay £3,600 in court costs.
The time frame of the ban means he will not be allowed to attend any matches in the upcoming Euros (which could still be played with no fans at all), nor the Qatar World Cup in 2022, nor the European Championships in 2024.
“This is a really positive result, after a thorough investigation by Bedfordshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service,” deputy chief constable Mark Roberts, the football policing unit for the National Police Chiefs’ Council told The Independent.
“Given the behaviour seen outside the stadium in Portugal 2019, we welcome the banning order, which will prevent him from attending the next two European tournaments and the World Cup.”
In the summer of 2020, Robinson said he was leaving the UK because he didn't feel his family was safe. Just four months later, he was seen being arrested in Hyde Park for breaking the Covid rules while attending a rally.