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A CELTIC fan who spat on a security guard after being refused admission to Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie at Caledonian Stadium in Inverness was fined £400 in court on Monday.

Taxi driver Christopher Smith (35) of Crow Road, Glasgow, appeared from custody at Inverness Sheriff Court and admitted assaulting Patrick McLennan, a security officer at the ground, by spitting in his face on February 4.


Depute Fiscal Ian Smith told Sheriff David Sutherland security staff were on duty at the South Stand at 1pm and they refused to allow Smith to enter the ground because he was drunk.

He was asked for his ticket which he handed over but Mr Smith said when he was informed it was policy for the ticket to be kept and he would not be getting it back Smith turned and spat in the face of Mr McLennan.


Eilidh Macdonald, solicitor said Smith was a self-employed taxi driver who lived with his girlfriend.

"He felt the guards were being over officious but accepts he should not have behaved in this way."

Ms Macdonald said the conviction could have an impact on his taxi licence.

Sheriff Sutherland fined him £400 and banned Smith from all Scottish Premier League football grounds for a period of six months.



Celtic fan in court on fight charge after slashing at Inverness cup tie


AN incident after the alleged slashing of a Celtic fan at the away end of Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie with Caley Thistle had its sequel at Inverness Sheriff Court today.

A fan, said in court to be a friend of the victim, became involved in a fight and was arrested as he went to the assistance of his fellow supporter.


Michael Docherty (27) of Scalpay Street, Glasgow, admitted being involved in a fight which followed the incident.

But he has denied prosecution evidence that he threw punches in the fracas.

A proof has been fixed for February 23.


Docherty pleaded guilty to conducting himself in a disorderly manner and engaging in the fight.

But his solicitor Tony McGlennan said he denied Crown allegations that he threw four punches during the fight.

The court heard there was a surge in the crowd after Celtic scored a goal and fans were doing a conga to celebrate.


During the course of that celebration one of the Celtic supporters was apparently slashed and Mr McGlennan said Docherty came forward to help his friend who was the victim.


"What he specifically denies is that he threw three to four punches. All he is saying is he threw a Caprisun (a soft drinks carton). His friend was slashed and he was encouraged to come to his aid."

The solicitor said he understands that one of the police officers at the ground had a body camera which witnessed the incident.


"My client is hoping it recorded the incident," Mr McGlennan added.

Docherty was released on bail until the next court hearing but banned from entering any SPL football ground or the national stadium at Hampden Park by Sheriff David Sutherland.

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Celtic fined £21,000 by Uefa over banner in Udine


Celtic have been fined £21,000 by Uefa for fan-related incidents during their Europa League match against Udinese.


Uefa charged Celtic with "the displaying of an offensive banner and setting off of fireworks by fans" in their match in Italy on 15 December.


The incidents had been included in the match delegate's report.


Celtic banned a fan for life who they said was responsible for displaying the banner and attacking a steward in Udinese's Stadio Friuli.


Uefa has confirmed that Celtic were fined on 23 February for breaching article 11 of its disciplinary regulations.


Those regulations include prohibiting the lighting of fireworks and "the use of gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, in particular if it is of a political, offensive or provocative nature".


The banner displayed during the match criticised European football's governing body.


Celtic were fined £12,700 by Uefa in December for what was described as illicit chanting by Celtic fans in another Europa League match against Rennes.



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