South Scotland

Football fan Liam Bernard banned after lighting flare

A football fan has been banned from attending matches for a year after he set off a flare during Queen of the South's clash with Rangers.

Liam Bernard, 17, from Coalburn, in South Lanarkshire, was also fined £350 at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

He admitted culpably and recklessly igniting a smoke emitting flare, placing other supporters at risk of injury at Palmerston Park in Dumfries.

The incident happened towards the end of the first half of Thursday's match.

The sentence was welcomed by Stephen Ferguson, football liaison prosecutor for the west of Scotland.

He said: "Liam Bernard acted with complete disregard for the safety of other fans.

"Thanks to the swift action of the security staff, police and prosecutors, he has been brought to justice and less than 24 hours since the incident has found himself banned from all UK football matches for the next year."

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