Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: Sport: Football
Front Page 
World 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Sport 
Football 
Rugby League 
Rugby Union 
Cricket 
Formula 1 
Tennis 
Golf 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 


BBC's Daniel Sandord reports
"He may not be able to play any evening matches for a month"
 real 28k

Saturday, 15 January, 2000, 17:48 GMT
Football first for tagged player

The tag allowed Croft to go from prison to pitch


Ipswich Town defender Gary Croft has become the first professional footballer to play in a league match with an electronic tag.

Croft was tagged on his release from prison on Monday, after serving about a month of a four month sentence for driving while disqualified, and perverting the course of justice.

He was named as a substitute for the First Division match against Swindon Town at Portman Road, Ipswich, on Saturday afternoon.

And his unprecedented appearance on the pitch came in the 71st minute, to replace Mike Stockwell. Ipswich won the game 3-0.


He will have to wear a tag for the next three weeks
But the defender will not be playing any evening games for the next few weeks.

Under the terms of his release, the 25-year-old has to wear the device for the next three weeks, and obey a night time curfew from 7pm until 7am.

Croft played for Ipswich Town Reserves in their 1-0 win over Gillingham on Wednesday afternoon.

The left-footed player played at wing back with the electronic tag clearly visible, fitted to his left ankle.

After Wednesday's reserve team victory, Ipswich manager George Burley said: "Gary is a naturally fit boy and performed very well. I was pleasantly surprised how well he came through.

"He will be in contention for a place in the first team."

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
Football Contents

Africa

See also:
07 Jan 00 |  e-cyclopedia
Electronic tagging: A virtual prison?

Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
Links to other Football stories are at the foot of the page.