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SUNDAY LIFE
15th July 2007
Sunday Life

Headhunter denies loyalist invite
by Stephen Breen
15th July 2007

THIS is the notorious football hooligan who denies being invited to Ulster last week by loyalist terrorists.

Former 'Chelsea Headhunter' Jason Marriner - jailed for six years in 2000 for hooliganism -travelled to Belfast last week to celebrate the Twelfth.

Sunday Life tracked down Marriner (40) to the Shankill Road, where he claimed he was in the province to promote his book, It's Only A Game and a new DVD on football violence.

But senior loyalist sources told us he was invited to the province by senior UDA commanders in west Belfast.

It's understood he was welcomed back onto the Shankill only after agreeing to cut all ties with ousted terror chief Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair.

Said Marriner: "I'm here for the book because it's going to be out paperback soon.

"It may have been out for a while now, but the Ulster people still want to hear about it."

And he added: "I always come to Belfast to celebrate the Twelfth and I'm not going to tell if I meet up with any loyalist paramilitaries. I keep my views to myself, but I don't keep in touch with Adair - I'm not going to say if I support one organisation or the other.

"I would like to see loyalists united, but I don't live here and I'm not going to tell people what they should or shouldn't do.

"I have met many loyalists over the years because we share the same views and associations through Rangers and Chelsea. They are great people."

Marriner also warned local football fans that violence still existed in the game.

"Violence is still very much alive and, if people from Northern Ireland go regularly to the games, they should be aware of this," he said.

"There was mayhem last season at a couple of games, but it wasn't really reported.

"I'm just surprised there wasn't serious trouble when Celtic played Chelsea in London last year.

"I am no longer involved in football-related violence, but I have many supporters here who want to hear about my experiences."

Marriner, from Kent, was exposed on TV as a member of the notorious Chelsea Headhunters in 1999. His ban from attending matches does not extend to Northern Ireland except when England are playing at Windsor Park.

The diehard loyalist, who will complete his ban in three years, has been involved in protests against anti-collusion and Bloody Sunday marches in London.


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