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Rangers fan banned after youth final Nazi salute

There was crowd trouble as supporters set off smoke bombs and flares before the match. Picture: SNS

There was crowd trouble as supporters set off smoke bombs and flares before the match. Picture: SNS

  • by ANGUS HOWARTH
 

A RANGERS fan has been banned from attending football matches for two years for making a Nazi salute at an Old Firm youth cup final.

Kevin Brannigan, 28, made the gesture at the Celtic v Rangers under-17s Glasgow Cup match at Firhill Stadium on April 29.

The match was the first meeting of the two teams since Rangers were liquidated and reformed to join the bottom tier of Scottish football. The kick-off was delayed as supporters set off flares and smoke bombs and damaged seats in the stands.

Around 6,000 people attended the match, including school children and families, police said.

Rangers won the game 3-2.

Brannigan, from Glasgow, was filmed by police making the Nazi salute towards Celtic fans.

He pleaded guilty to the offence and was given a two-year football banning order at Glasgow Sheriff court today.

He is banned from attending matches in the UK and is required to report to a police station during certain games.

Stephen Ferguson, football liaison prosecutor for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, said: “Brannigan’s actions are unacceptable in any environment but the symbolism of the gesture at a sporting event, which could incite disorder and in front of school children and families, is particularly offensive.”

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