Friday, July 19, 2013

Celtic fan found guilty of knife possession during UEFA Champions League tie

A Celtic fan has been cleared of punching a police horse and calling it a "big f****** dog" while on his way to a match.

Marcus Finn was attending the match against Barcelona at Parkhead last November 7 when the incident occurred.

The 39-year-old was arrested and accused of striking the animal in Janefield Street, Parkhead.

Finn was taken to a police office in the grounds of Celtic Park on the night of the Champions League tie. Officers found the football supporter had a knife in his possession.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday, Finn, from Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, pled guilty to possessing the offensive weapon, while his plea of not guilty to hitting the police horse was accepted by the Crown.

Sheriff Martin Jones QC accepted that the engineer manager forgot he had the knife in his pocket.

Finn was given a community payback order and must carry out 160 hours of unpaid work.

Celtic won the European group stage tie against the Catalan side 2-1.
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