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Rangers hooligans banned from football after fighting at Alloa v Aberdeen match


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THREE Rangers casuals who went looking for trouble at an Alloa Athletic v Aberdeen match were yesterday hit with football banning orders.


The men targeted last January's Scottish Cup clash as they thought there would be a low police presence.


Cops turned them away from the Clackmannanshire team's Recreation Park after they stood shouting anti-Aberdeen chants.


But they attacked away supporters just yards down the street at the end of the game.


Known hooligan Elliot MacRae - who Rangers banned from Ibrox for life 10 years ago - was yesterday banned from all UK football grounds for five years and given 150 hours of community service.


The Tullibody man, 39, and pals Leigh Wheater, 32, and Lee McKellican, 21, were the only people out of 10 arrested during the fight to be taken to court.


Several Dons fans were left bleeding after the skirmish.


Wheater, of Tullibody, got a three-year ban and 150 hours' community service. McKellican, of Alva, was banned for a year and fined £300.


They were sentenced at Alloa Sheriff Court yesterday after being found guilty of breach of the peace and football-related violence.


Procurator fiscal Andrew Grant said: "The imposition of banning orders will protect genuine fans from being subjected to such behaviour."


Former prison warder MacRae has previously been alleged to be a leading figure in the notorious Inter City Firm of football casuals.


He was first banned by Rangers in 1999 after being caught with a swastika flag on a flight after a match in Spain.


He got a life ban by the club for attending a 2000 home match against Sturm Graz.


And he was caught on camera in the thick of a clash with baton-wielding police at a UEFA Cup game against Osasuna in March 2007.


I remember seeing the group of about 25 of them cowering against a wall from two police dogs after the game. Heard they had kicked off in a pub with locals but never heard of any of us being attacked by them.

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Ne too... mind you I was more concerned about getting to the pub and out of the rain!


I think we were all the same. Still remember the winner as somebody took a swan dive into the puddle at the bottom of the terrace behind the goal.

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