British police have tracked down English hooligans who had been filmed performing Nazi salutes and singing anti-Semitic sings in a Russian bar.
Michael Herbert, 57, appeared in court in Leicester and was served with a five-year ban from attending England matches abroad.
Two other men David Batty, 58, and Michael Burns, 52, appeared at a special magistrates hearing in Leeds for a ‘football-related offence’. The case was adjourned until Tuesday.
A fourth man, Paul Johnson, 25, who had been detained on a train from Moscow to Volgograd ahead of England’s first game last Monday, was also served with a banning order after a court case in Oxford. He was banned for three years.
A video began circulating last week showing three England fans performing a Nazi saulte while singing a song which makes reference to Hitler and Auschwitz.
The emergence of the video, filmed in a bar in Volgograd before England’s opening match, prompted a police inquiry in the UK.
Just 2,000 England fans attended the first game with many returning to the Uk ahead of today’s second match. The hooligans were caught on their return. Police are delighted that they have been able to recognise and catch the offenders.
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Despite some dire warnings before the tournament, the incidents in the bar and on the train are thought to be the only ones brought to police attention so far. Many trouble-makers are barred from coming to the World Cup, their passports confiscated in the weeks leading up to the tournament.