Thursday, March 12, 2009

Celtic fans in mass brawl

Men banned after football fight

Aberdeen Sheriff Court

The fight after the game landed the men in court

Four men involved in a mass brawl after a televised match between Aberdeen and Celtic have been banned from football grounds for a total of seven years.

Hugh Fraser, Kevin Allan, Grant Molloy and Stephen Rodgers were involved in a fight outside Aberdeen's Gordon Hotel.

Fraser, of Stonehaven, Allan, of Cambuslang, Molloy, of Yoker, and Rodgers, of Bathgate, admitted breach of the peace.

They also received community service orders at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Celtic supporters Fraser, 21, Allan, 22, and Molloy, 21, were each banned from games for two years and given 180 hours of community service after the incident involving dozens of rival fans outside the hotel in Wellington Road in February last year.

'Blackened name'

Rodgers, 22, was banned for one year and given 140 hours of community service.

Sheriff David Hall told them: "Your behaviour was nothing short of disgraceful.

"The public are rightfully concerned with regards to groups of males such as yourselves causing public disorder.

"You all purport to be supporters of Glasgow Celtic Football Club, clearly this event blackened their name."

A fifth man who admitted breach of the peace, Alexander Holland, 24, of Hamilton, had his sentence deferred until December.

Aberdeen lost the game 2-1 to Celtic at Pittodrie.
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