Aberdeen fans admit role in Glasgow subway disorder

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Three Aberdeen fans have admitted breaching the peace following a large-scale disturbance with Rangers fans at Ibrox Subway Station in January.

Stanley Thain, 46, and Ivan Bridge, 41, pleaded guilty to forming part of a disorderly crowd, engaging in and challenging others to fight.

Gary Leys, 37, admitted shouting and swearing and repeatedly trying to breach a police cordon.

Sentence was deferred at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Kevin Moggach, 43, Raymond Whetherly, 35, and Gary Lawson, 30, had their not guilty pleas accepted by the Crown on the day the six men were due to stand trial.

Fans in pub

The court was told the men were on their way to watch Aberdeen play Rangers at Ibrox Stadium when the disturbance broke out.

Procurator fiscal depute Joe Stewart told the court the three accused were in a pub in the west end of Glasgow along with about 100 Aberdeen fans before the game.

He said: "The three accused are Aberdeen supporters and in fact did attend the match after this incident."

He added that when Aberdeen fans travel to Ibrox they usually get off a stop before Ibrox at Cessnock.

Mr Stewart said: "I think this is done with the assistance of the police and the reason may be obvious, to try and separate the fans as much as possible."

The court heard that the Aberdeen fans, as well as some Rangers fans, got off at Ibrox underground and made their way up the stairs to Copland Road about 20 minutes before kick-off.

Mr Stewart said: "It was obvious from the CCTV and the police that some of the Aberdeen supporters were in an agitated state. Some of them were shouting and waving their hands."

CCTV footage of the mass brawl at the underground was played in court.

Mounted police

The prosecutor said Thain, of Aberdeen, could be seen charging forward with other fans towards the Rangers supporters and lashing out.

He is described as "retreating" when mounted police became involved.

Bridge, from West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, was at the front of a crowd of fans seen fighting.

He was seen lunging towards rival supporters, swinging his arms, and also moving back when the police intervened.

Mr Stewart said Leys, of Aberdeen, walked up and down the police cordon and repeatedly tried to breach it and push his way past the officers.

The fans were then escorted to the game by police.

Sheriff Ian Miller deferred sentence on the trio until January for reports.

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