Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Celtic thug jailed by Spanish court for Barcelona attacks to be sent back to Glasgow
Jul 16 2008
A CELTIC fan has been sentenced to four years in jail by a Spanish court for two drink-fuelled Champions League attacks.
The teenage Hoops supporter battered two men with beer jugs ahead of a match against Barcelona.
The 19-year-old - known only as John D - appeared in court last week after spending more than four months behind bars.
Now he is set to be sent back home to Glasgow to serve the rest of his prison term.
A court heard how the thug assaulted a drinker and a bar owner on March 3 - hours before the clash at the Nou Camp.
He had been drinking with his dad and eight fellow fans in a pub in the town of Sabadell - 15 miles from Barcelona.
In a bar called Sinfo, he grabbed a half-litre beer jug and smashed it across the head of a local man. He then crashed a second glass over the head of the stunned bar owner, who had attempted to break up the fight.
Both victims required stitches in hospital - and the fan was quickly arrested.
He was later identified by three witnesses and has been held in Can Brians jail since then.
Last week, the teenager was jailed for four years for the attacks.
It emerged his family had paid £2300 in compensation to the victims, which helped to reduce his sentence.
A court source said: "The expectation is that in the short term, he will be placed in a prison in Scotland."
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