One of five Chelsea supporters suspected of involvement in an incident in Paris in which a black man was prevented from boarding a train is challenging a possible football banning order on grounds of jurisdiction, a court heard on Friday.
Richard Barklie lives in Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland and the orders are sought by the Metropolitan Police under the Football Spectators Act 1989, which applies to England and Wales.
District Judge Gareth Branston at Thames Magistrates Court in east London fixed a hearing at the court for July 7 to hear the point ahead of the full hearing at Waltham Forest Magistrates Court on July 15 and 16.
Controversy erupted in February when fans were filmed singing racist chants and refusing to let the man on the Paris Metro train ahead of the west London club’s match against Paris St Germain.
Police are applying for banning orders to be imposed on five men who they believe were involved in the incident.
They are: Barklie, 50, of Victoria Street, Carrickfergus; Dean Callis, 32, of Islington, north London; Jordan Munday, 30, of Sidcup, south-east London; Josh Parsons, 20, of Dorking and William Simpson, 26, of Ashford, Surrey.
An earlier hearing at Waltham Forest was told the men oppose the orders, which are designed as a preventative measure to stop potential troublemakers travelling to football matches at home and abroad.
Barklie’s lawyer Nick Scott said after yesterday’s hearing: “He vehemently denies all the allegations made against him.
“His work in human rights healing the scars of the Troubles in Northern Ireland shows what a man of compassion he is.”