Glasgow & West Scotland

Manchester United football fan banned for 10 years

A Manchester United fan has been given one of the longest football banning orders issued by a Scottish court.

Matthew Bolton, 26, admitted breaching the peace before his club's Champions League match against Rangers at Ibrox stadium on 24 November 2010.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, he was banned from all UK football matches for 10 years and jailed for nine months.

Bolton, from Rowley Regis, in the West Midlands, has previous football-related convictions from English courts.

The incident took place at the junction of Copland Road and Woodville Road, near to the subway station, at about 1830 GMT.

At the time, the street was busy with football fans who were on their way to the game.

Bolton was among a group of Manchester United fans who were causing a disturbance, and he broke through a cordon of police officers and police horses to get to Rangers fans passing by at the time.

Area Procurator Fiscal for Glasgow, Lesley Thomson, said: "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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