Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Fan denies racist abuse at Dunfermline match

Dunfermline Athletic Football Club East End Park
Image caption Plain-clothed police now sit at Dunfermline Athletic Football Club games

A fan has denied shouting racist abuse at last Saturday's Dunfermline v Hibs football match.

Ryan Cameron, 20, from Rosyth, has been charged with swearing and racially abusing Hibs midfielder Isaiah Osbourne on Saturday at East End Park in Fife.

Mr Cameron has been banned from attending any professional games until he faces trial on Christmas Eve.

Mr Cameron, a forklift truck driver for Asda, appeared from custody at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

He was arrested on Tuesday charged with swearing and racially abusing Mr Osbourne during the Edinburgh side's encounter with Dunfermline Athletic at the Fife club's home game.

Scotland Act

Mr Cameron pleaded not guilty to acting in a racially aggravated manner, "which was intended to cause alarm and distress" to former Aston Villa player Osbourne and others present.

The single charge, under the 1995 Criminal Law (Consolidation) Scotland Act, alleges Cameron "shouted and swore" and uttered racial abuse.

The Crown did not oppose bail, but sought a condition banning Cameron from "attending football matches".

Defence solicitor Zander Flett sought a clarification, remarking, "I assume that doesn't mean if he is walking through a local park and passes a football match."

Sheriff Craig McSherry said he would impose a bail condition banning Cameron from attending "organised professional football matches".

He set trial for 24 December 2011 with a pre-trial hearing on 19 December.

Birmingham-born Osbourne, 23, a former England under-16, had loan spells with Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday before he was released by Villa and joined Hibs in the summer.

His elder brother Isaac, 25, plays in midfield at Aberdeen.

The arrest was made as the result of an intelligence-led anti-racism operation, which has been running at East End Park for last few Dunfermline home games.

Plain-clothed police officers have been in the crowd to apprehend anyone acting in a racially motivated way.

The alleged incident happened in the North West Stand of the ground.

Dunfermline Athletic said the fan would be given a lifetime ban, if he is found guilty.

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