Hooligan convicted in Portugal will not go to prison in UK

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An England fan sentenced by a Portuguese court to two years and then deported was spared prison last night after the Home Office announced he would not be jailed in Britain.

An England fan sentenced by a Portuguese court to two years and then deported was spared prison last night after the Home Office announced he would not be jailed in Britain.

Garry Mann, a firefighter from Faversham, Kent, convicted on Wednesday of inciting a riot on Monday night in the town of Albufeira, is likely to face a banning order instead.

Mann was among 12 alleged troublemakers who arrived at Heathrow airport last night after being deported. The Home Office said Mann would not be jailed because there was no legislation which allowed for expulsion and a jail sentence to be handed down at the same time by a foreign judge.

Mann was being questioned by police last night. He was expected to appear at Uxbridge magistrates' court in connection with a banning order today.

Eight other England fans expelled from Portugal after clashes with police who were returned to Britain on Thursday night were forced to surrender their passports by magistrates in London yesterday.

The eight, who all protested their innocence, were bailed for a month at Uxbridge magistrates' court and could face banning orders.

Caroline Flint, Home Office minister, said the Crown Prosecution Service would be looking at banning orders not only for fans arrested close to the grounds, but also those in resorts, if they were suspected of using football as a "vehicle" to commit violent offences.

However, there were concerns yesterday about heavy-handed Portuguese policing. Two menacquitted by a Portuguese court but expelled from the country after Monday night's clashes in Albufeira, said they were attacked by police as they walked back to their apartment.

Paul Donahue, 32, and Jason Boyle, 22, both from Manchester, were cleared but told they could not return to Portugal for five years. Mr Boyle said that the pair were walking home after celebrating Mr Donahue's birthday when they were attacked and arrested.

Mr Donahue said: "They didn't say anything to us about what we were supposed to have done until we got to court. Some of the police said, 'Maybe you haven't done anything but you paid for your English friends'."

The eight defendants bailed until 28 July were: Peter Barwick, 37, from Middlesbrough; Andrew Williams, 22, from Burgess Hill, West Sussex; John Parkes, 19, from Dudley, West Midlands; Daniel Marsh, 20, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire; Ricky Tsigarides, 22, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire; John Jackson, 22, from Newcastle upon Tyne; David Jackson, 28, from Peterborough; and Jack Hobbs, 19, from Oxford.

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