A Middlesbrough football fan who fell asleep at a game had his conviction for drunkenness quashed after he explained that he had been watching his team play Arsenal. Judge Michael Taylor, a Middlesbrough season-ticket holder, said: "It is the right of every Englishman at a football match to fall asleep if he wants, particularly if he’s watching Arsenal." Adrian Carr had been ordered to pay £150 costs in February when a court found him guilty of being drunk in a sporting arena. During the trial stewards at the stadium said that Carr was slumped unconscious in his seat "paralytic" drunk. Judge Taylor, who viewed closed-circuit television footage showing Carr talking coherently to police officers, said he had seen "the most remarkable recovery from paralytic drunkenness one could imagine".

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