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Fan gets his ticket back.

Byline: Naomi Paylor

Snoozy Boro fan Adrian Carr is expected to make a return to the Riverside today after club bosses agreed to hand back his season ticket.

On Monday, magistrates convicted the 28-year-old Boro fan of being drunk in a sporting arena.

He was banned from watching his favourite team and given a two-year conditional discharge after the incident last August when he drank six pints and fell asleep during a match at the Riverside.

But, after discussion, Boro chiefs agreed to lift the ban and return Mr Carr's pounds 370 season ticket.

His solicitor Simon Walker told the Gazette: "He got a call from the club late on Thursday night saying they were prepared to give him his season ticket back.

"As far as I am aware, Adrian will be at the match this afternoon."

A lifelong Boro supporter, Mr Carr denied being drunk and claimed he was tired from a having worked 71 hours in the previous nine days. But the engineering machinist of Caithness Road, Teesville was found guilty by magistrates.

He was also ordered to pay pounds 150 court costs.

Mr Carr is still vowing to clear his name and appeal against his conviction.

No-one at the club was available for comment today on the decision to hand back his ticket.

Video evidence shot soon after the arrest and used during the court hearing has been passed to the BBC and will be screened in the coming weeks.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 7, 2004
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