Fan accused of Euro assault to contest football ban

A general view inside the stadium as the roof is seen closed prior to the UEFA Euro 2024 group stage match between Serbia and England at Arena AufSchalke on 16 June in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
The assault is alleged to have happened outside the ground in Gelsenkirchen [Eddie Keogh/The FA via Getty Images]

An England fan accused of breaking a fellow supporter's jaw at a Euro 2024 match in Germany said he will contest a football banning order.

Josh Waugh, 33, appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court in connection with an alleged assault outside the ground in Gelsenkirchen, at about 22:00 local time (23:00 BST) on 16 June.

Anne Mitchell, prosecuting, said the alleged assault happened during or after the England-Serbia match, and it left the victim needing surgery with a broken jaw and suspected fractured nose.

Nick Ayres, defending, said the banning order will be contested, adding Mr Waugh, of Conway Road, Redcar, near Middlesbrough, had not been charged or even spoken to by police about the incident.

Ms Mitchell said a photograph was taken at the time and Mr Waugh was identified.

An application for a civil Football Banning Order (FBO) was made on that basis, the court heard.

Peter Charlton, chairman of the bench, adjourned the case until 29 August and granted conditional bail.

Mr Waugh must surrender his passport and not attend any regulated football matches until then, the court said.

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