On-the-run PSG fan arrested after returning to London for Chelsea game

April 11, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

A French football fan scored an own goal when he came to London to watch his team – and was arrested by police who had been hunting him for FIVE YEARS.

Tiecoura Bakayoko, 24, skipped bail in 2009 when he was due to stand trial in Kent for possessing six fake French ID documents.

He returned to France and thought police would not notice when he booked a plane ticket to watch Paris Saint Germain take on Chelsea in the Champions League.

Chelsea beat PSG 2-0 to advance in the Champions League

Chelsea beat PSG 2-0 to advance in the Champions League (file picture)

But he failed to make it to Stamford Bridge for the quarter-final clash and instead found himself behind bars after landing at Heathrow on Tuesday.

Keen-eyed immigration officials spotted his name on the Paris flight and noted there was an international arrest warrant out on him.

The following day he was taken straight to Canterbury Crown Court where he was remanded in custody for three months.

He was dealt a double blow when his beloved team were knocked out that evening as Chelsea won 2-0.

Adetutu Sofowora, defending, told the hearing that Bakayoko’s brother had left London for Mali and he found himself homeless.

She said he didn’t understand the British court process and returned to Francis illegally.

But Judge Adele Williams, sentencing, said: “That’s utter nonsense. He was trying to avoid justice that what was going on here.

“This was a quite flagrant breach of bail. I regard this a particularly serious Bail Act offence.”

Bakayoko had been living in London with his football agent brother when he was arrested for the fraud.

Magistrates ruled he should be remanded in custody but the decision was overturned by Judge Nigel van der Bijl.

He said the defendant could have bail as long as he stayed at the London address, reported twice a week to a police station and obeyed a curfew.

Bakayoko also agreed to hand over his French documents and not to leave the UK.

But he ignored the ruling and fled back to his home country in a bid to evade capture.

He is now due to face a trial later this year after pleading not guilty to the six false ID charges.

After the hearing his barrister was asked if he knew that Chelsea won 2-0 and replied: “Oh he knows the score now!”

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