Aberdeen fan in court over sectarian remarks

Aberdeen's Pittodrie ground, from which a fan has been banned from entering over accusations of sectarianism. Picture: SNS

Aberdeen's Pittodrie ground, from which a fan has been banned from entering over accusations of sectarianism. Picture: SNS

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A MAN appeared in court today charged with shouting and making sectarian remarks during an SPL football match on Remembrance Sunday.

Daniel Fraser, 24, allegedly behaved in a way likely to incite public disorder at Pittodrie Stadium during an Aberdeen v Celtic on November 9.

He is accused of shouting, swearing and uttering sectarian remarks at supporters of the opposite team at Aberdeen’s home ground.

Fraser, of Deevale Gardens, Aberdeen, faces a charge under the Offensive Behaviour Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012.

Defence lawyer Mike Horseman said: “His position is that he is a season ticket holder for Pittodrie.

“He has been attending there for seven years.”

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Fiscal depute Felicity Merson asked for an interim ban on Fraser attending “any regulated football games” in the UK.

But she was unable to provide an up-to-date definition of a “regulated” match.

Sheriff Buchanan said: “If I don’t know what a regulated football match is and you don’t know what a regulated football match is, then how is Mr Fraser supposed to know?”

Instead Sheriff Buchanan imposed an interim ban on Fraser entering Pittodrie stadium.

Another man, Charles Tinney, appeared separately at the same court to face an assault charge which allegedly happened at Pittodrie Stadium on the same day.

The 55-year-old is claimed to have punched Christopher O’Hagan to the head to his injury.

Tinney, of 43 Springfield Crescent, Uddingston, Glasgow, denied the charge and the case was continued.

Both men will stand trial next year.

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