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Dundee Utd fan denies throwing flare at Stranraer game

A Dundee United fan has denied throwing flares on to the pitch ahead of his side's Scottish Cup victory over Stranraer.

Ryan Mulholland, 28, of Dundee, appeared at Stranraer Sheriff Court after being arrested during Sunday's fifth-round tie, which United won 3-0.

He was granted bail, with a condition banning him from attending football matches.

Five flares were thrown onto the pitch as the players ran out at Stair Park.

Around 200 United fans were in the area where the flares were thrown from.

Some also held up a banner protesting the sales of Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong to Celtic.

A sixth flare was then thrown onto the pitch during play.

The game was stopped as sand was dumped on it to put out the smoke.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Extra police and stewards were deployed into the area where flares were thrown from at this match."

The SFA said their compliance officer will study the incident before deciding what action, if any, should be taken against Dundee United.

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