Dundee United fans on trial over Dynamo violence

Tannadice park, home of Dundee Utd.  Picture: Ian Rutherford
Tannadice park, home of Dundee Utd. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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SEVEN Dundee United fans went on trial today accused of “inciting public disorder” by hurling objects at Dynamo Moscow fans and brawling with them in the stands during a Europa League qualifier last year.

Darren Elder, David Lawson, Sean Duffy, Greg Campbell, Kevin Drummond, Rory Mulligan and Dale Kelly deny causing the disturbances at the match last August.

Violence is alleged to have broken out in the Fair Play Stand - where Dundee United fans were sat in the top tier, with visiting supporters below.

Russian fans were seen clambering up into the top part of the stand and brawling with home supporters.

The seven United fans now face a charge on indictment of behaving in a threatening manner.

A jury trial at Dundee Sheriff Court today heard that the men - who are aged between 21 and 32 - are alleged to have thrown “unknown items” from the upper tier of Tannadice’s Fair Play Stand into the lower tier, which housed the travelling Russian fans.

They are then accused of engaging in “stand up fights” with a number of people from the tier below.

The court heard a series of pictures of the alleged incident had been taken by photographers positioned behind the goals at the match.

Elder, 21, of Broadford Terrace, Dundee, Lawson, 25, of Grampian Gardens, Dundee, Duffy, 24, of Muirfield Court, Dundee, Campbell, 29, of Finavon Place, Dundee, Drummond, 32, of no fixed abode, Mulligan,

30, of Arklay Place and Kelly, 24, of Byron Terrace, pleaded not guilty to the charge under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act.

The trial, before Sheriff Tom Hughes and a jury, continues.