Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Edinburgh derby pitch invader given football banning order

Ross Caldwell scoring for Hibs against hearts
Image caption Ross Caldwell scored the winning goal for Hibs in the final minute of the match

A football fan who ran onto the pitch during an Edinburgh derby has been banned from attending any matches for two years.

Hearts fan Callum Menzies, 18, kicked open a gate at the club's Tynecastle stadium and ran onto the field during their match with Hibs in May.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard the incident happened after a Hibs goal.

Menzies had admitted breaching the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act.

He was arrested after being seen running towards rival supporters and shouting abuse at them.

Hibs won the match 2-1 after scoring a goal in the last minute.

Sheriff Nigel Morrison imposed a two-year football banning order and also ordered that Menzies be supervised by the authorities for a period of 12 months.

Speaking after the sentence, Faith Millar, the Football Liasion Prosecutor for the East of Scotland, welcomed Sheriff Morrison's decision.

She added: "The actions of Callum Menzies were reckless and irresponsible and caused alarm to others as well as spoiling the enjoyment of football fans.

"Disorderly conduct at football matches will not be tolerated. Any conduct of this nature will be robustly investigated and the perpetrators dealt with accordingly.

"Prosecutors will continue to work with the police to take whatever measures are necessary to protect genuine fans from criminal behaviour while attending football matches."

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