Football ban for teen after assault at Rangers v Hearts match

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, kicked a constable outside Hampden Park.

Hampden Park: The incident happened last Novermber.
Hampden Park: The incident happened last Novermber.

A teenager who threatened and assaulted a police officer after a Rangers and Hearts match has been banned from every football stadium in the UK.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, kicked PC Ross Macgregor on the legs last November.

He also shouted abusive at him outside Hampden Park and threatened to kill him.

On Monday, the teenager pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to acting in a threatening or abusive manner and the police assault.

He also admitted possession of cocaine that was found in his pocket during a search at the police station.

The youth was sentenced to a Community Payback Order with nine months’ supervision and 144 hours of unpaid work.

Sheriff Patricia Pryce also banned the teen from attending any UK football matches for 12 months.

The court heard officers were made aware of the teen who was being “abusive, shouting and swearing” in the presence of fans.

Lawyer Vincent McGovern, defending, told the court that the teen was on a good behaviour order from another assault also outside Hampden at the time.

He added: “His behaviour was unacceptable and he knows that, but he is young.

“His parents who are here in court are appalled by the way he behaved.”

Sheriff Pryce told the boy that he “can’t be trusted” as he had breached his good behaviour sentence.

She added: “These offences are very serious.

“A police officer doesn’t deserved to be kicked while on duty at his work.”

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