Tommy Robinson given 4-year football match ban after punching England fan

Tommy Robinson has been banned from all football matches for four years after video footage caught him attacking an England fan.

The thug was filmed punching a Three Lions fan in Portugal during last summer's Nations League finals and now he is forbidden from attending any football matches at home or abroad in that time period.

The footage was used by Bedfordshire Police to bring a civil case against Robinson, whose real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.

He was handed an order banning him from "all regulated football matches, home and abroad" for four years – that will include following England at the next two European Championships and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, England's football policing lead, said: "This is a really positive result."

Robinson, 38, was seen hitting a fan before England's 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands in Guimaraes on June 6, 2019.

The far-right activist approached the Three Lions fan, who told him: "You do not represent me."

A witness said: "Robinson throws a punch. This is from a man trying to become an MEP (Member of the European Parliament)."

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Robinson claimed the fan had been rowdy and abusive. He had posted a message before the game crowing: "No football banning order here, mate."

The remark was believed to refer to a banning order Bedfordshire Police applied for over a flag reading "f*** ISIS" which was branded at Euro 2016 in France.

Police said it was inciting hatred against Muslims but Robinson successfully challenged it.

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The force worked with the country's Football Policing Unit to obtain the order banning him from all matches.

Luton-born Robinson was also ordered to pay £3,600 in costs.

A court spokeswoman confirmed the order was granted for "causing or contributing to violence".

After the incident in Portugal, the convicted football hooligan said: "I was with my wife. If people get physical, I am not going to wait for them to attack me… the man needs to keep his views to himself."

Robinson failed in his bid to become an MEP last year, polling just 2.2% of the vote and losing his £5,000 deposit.

In 2011, he was convicted of hooliganism for leading 100 Luton Town fans in a clash with rival Newport County supporters.

While in 2018 Luton's CEO Gary Sweet urged the Hatters' fans to stop chanting their support for Robinson.

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