A UK judge has ruled that an English football fan convicted by a Portuguese court of inciting a riot during Euro 2004 was not given a fair trial.
Birmingham City supporter Garry Mann was one of several England supporters deported from Portugal last summer after being convicted of public disorder offences in the Algarve resort town of Albufeira.
The 47-year-old firefighter, from Faversham in Kent and formerly from Birmingham, was handed a two-year sentence before being immediately sent back to the UK.
Back on British soil, he did not serve out his jail term because no such agreement had been made between the UK and Portugal prior to his conviction.
Last week, the Metropolitan Police sought to impose a football banning order on Mann based on his Portuguese conviction barring him from matches at home or abroad.
But his solicitor, Look Chih Wang, argued - successfully - that the banning order could not be imposed because the Portuguese trial was unfair and his conviction unsafe.
At the hearing at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court in west London, Mr Wang said Mann's trial was contrary to Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights because there was insufficient time to prepare his defence.
Under temporary legislation brought in before the tournament to deal with any trouble, the case was fasttracked and the trial took place 48 hours after the incident.
Such legislation cannot lead to justice, Mr Wang said.
"In this case, it does not ensure that justice is being done because of the pressure of time to get the trial on, the pressure on the prosecution and the court to convict and to deport," he said.
He added: " This case involved over 100 people. In this country you would never, never get a case involving over a 100 people tried in 48 hours."
Mann's legal team argued that crucial CCTV coverage of the riot was not preserved for the trial, his representation was inadequate and his interpreter did not explain proceedings properly.
District Judge Stephen Day said there were "significant breaches of Article 6 during the course of the trial".
He said it would be inappropriate to allow the application and make a football banning order. Although the judge's comments do not affect Mann's Portuguese conviction, Mr Wang said it could have a knock-on effect on his appeal which is expected to take place later this year.
Stephen Jakobi, from Fair Trials Abroad, said: "This is very much a landmark case.
"The whole point is that it involves a British judge making a judgment about standards of Portuguese justice." A crippled father-of-two who swindled the Benefits Agency out of £24,000 over 11 years set up a bank trust fund at the same time for one of his sons which held between £18,000 and £21,000.
Trevor Holland (35) of Uplands, Great Haywood, Stafford, told Judge Simon Tonking from the dock at Stafford Crown Court: "I am not sorry for what I have done. I was doing it for the interest of my son but it definitely won't happen again."
He pleaded guilty to two sample charges of making false representations to claim housing benefits, council tax and income support between January 1995 and March
2003. He was sentenced to 12 months community rehabilitation under the supervision of a probation officer.
Andrew Baker, defending, said: "He is in poor health, is married with two children and receives invalidity benefit. He has very considerable debt."