A NOTORIOUS football hooligan barred from every ground in the country and all England games was caught sitting in the front row of the corporate section at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium, a court heard.
Wolverhampton Wanderers thug Christian ‘Denny’ Denton, 31, had previously featured in the BBC3 documentary series Football Fight Club.
He was seen leading a 12-strong crew through a subway, saying: ‘Everyone knows, you’re looking for trouble, you’re going to get it.’
In 2015, the personal trainer and father-of-two was given a five-year banning order after being convicted of causing criminal damage to a train.
But he admitted attending the Wolves match against Spurs on March 1 when he appeared at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court in north London.
Adeal Mahmood, prosecuting, said: ‘Police were informed a male sitting in a corporate area shouldn’t be there and was subject to a five-year banning order. At 3.30pm, security staff were instructed to close the exits at block 241, where the defendant Christian Denton was seated in row one.
‘Stadium staff told the defendant that he was identified as being banned and officers arrested him.’
Robert Perkins, mitigating, told magistrates Denton believed the banning order had expired. He said: ‘On this particular occasion he attended the match with a friend who happened to be a Spurs fan in the corporate area.
‘He was not doing anything other than watching the game.’ Mr Perkins said that supporting Wolves is a ‘huge part’ of Denton’s life and ‘not being able to take his children to see football was a punishment for him and them’.
Handing Denton a 12-month community order in which he must carry out 120 hours of unpaid work, district judge Julia Newton said: ‘I’lI give you credit for having pleaded guilty.’