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Football fans prosecuted in Scotland for offence in England

Berwick Rangers take on Rangers in front of a big crowd at Shielfield Park on February 23, 2013.

Berwick Rangers take on Rangers in front of a big crowd at Shielfield Park on February 23, 2013.

Two men have been fined and handed a six-month football banning order for offensive chanting/singing at the Berwick Rangers v Rangers match at Shielfield in February 2013.

John Fordham, from Dalry, and Jordan Robertson, from Bishopbriggs, were fined £200 and £400 respectively At Glasgow Sheriff Court this week.

During the televised Third Division fixture between Berwick Rangers and Rangers at Shielfield Park on February 23 2013, uniformed police on duty in the stand became aware that a number of fans were singing songs containing offensive sectarian lyrics.

As a result of post match investigations, in the following weeks police identified and arrested both accused as they attended other matches at Ibrox.

Although the offences occurred in England, the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 legislation allowed for the two individuals to be prosecuted in Scotland as they were habitual residents in Scotland.

Speaking following sentencing Stephen Ferguson, football liaison prosecutor for the west of Scotland, said:

“This case demonstrates the versatility and effectiveness of the legislation which allows us prosecute individuals resident in Scotland despite the offences being committed elsewhere.

“It also shows that police and prosecutors are resolute in their efforts to identify perpetrators of such unacceptable offences, even weeks afterwards, and ensure they are brought to justice.”

 

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