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Fan in FAI protest charged

Dundalk supporter ordered to stay away from football HQ

A MAN appeared in court yesterday charged in connection with a protest he made at the Football Association of Ireland offices on Wednesday.

Mark Kavanagh (34), also known as Mark "Maxi" McAllister, of Oakland Park, Cox's Demesne, Dundalk, Co Louth, was charged with engaging in behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace at the FAI's headquarters, Merrion Square, Dublin.

Kavanagh, a Dundalk FC supporter, allegedly threatened to set himself on fire after pouring petrol on his head and on furniture in the FAI offices reception area.

He was protesting at the FAI's acceptance of the decision of the independent assessment group to award Galway United a place in the 2007 Premier division ahead of his club.

He gave up the protest after obtaining a meeting with Dundalk manager John Gill.

Kavanagh is a taxi driver and former steward at the soccer club's grounds at Oriel Park.

In Dublin District Court yesterday, Garda Niall Murray said that after he was arrested and charged on Wednesday, he made no reply.

Garda Murray said he had no objection to the continuation of bail which was granted to him in Pearse Street station on Wednesday. However, he would be seeking a condition that he stay away from Merrion Square.

Defence solicitor, Conor MacGuill, said he had no difficulty with such a condition.

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Judge Bryan Smyth said that to keep the paperwork in order, he was revoking the station bail and applying a new bond of ?300.

The judge made it a condition of the bond that Kavanagh stay away from Merrion Square and from the FAI offices in particular.

He remanded Kavanagh on bail to appear again on January 12.

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