Four fans admit football violence

Four Polish football fans pleaded guilty today to disorderly behaviour linked to disturbances prior to an international football match in Belfast.

Four Polish football fans pleaded guilty today to disorderly behaviour linked to disturbances prior to an international football match in Belfast.

Tomasz Bobrowicz (aged 30) from Suffolk, Przemyslaw Pawel Kusmierczyk (28) from Liverpool, Lukasz Szwajda (22) from London, and Tomasz Jakobik (26) from University Avenue in Belfast, appeared at Belfast Magistrates’ Court.

They were arrested on Saturday afternoon after trouble flared inside a city centre bar.

Jakobik, who has lived in Northern Ireland for two years, also pleaded guilty to possessing a firework without a licence. He will appear in court again next month.

The other three were given two-month sentences, suspended for one year.

A police officer, who said he could connect all four defendants with the incidents, told the court that the men had been on the periphery of the violent scenes in and around a Wetherspoons bar in Bedford Street.

The disturbance was one of a number of flashpoints of football-related violence before, during and after Northern Ireland’s 3-2 victory over Poland at Windsor Park.

Eleven police officers were injured during the trouble.

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