Tayside and Central Scotland

Scottish fan attacked man for being Leeds supporter

Leeds United
Image caption The incident happened after a pre-season Leeds v Falkirk match

A Scottish football fan attacked another man after he declared he was a Leeds United supporter, a court has heard.

David Duncan assaulted Shaun Blackburn in a pub, after Falkirk FC was beaten 2-0 by the English Championship side in a pre-season friendly last month.

The 35-year-old was fined £250 and told to pay his victim £300 compensation after admitting the attack.

Duncan was dumped by his girlfriend after she heard of the incident.

Falkirk Sheriff Court heard that, on 13 July, Mr Blackburn travelled from his home in Wray, Derbyshire, to see the match and later came across his attacker in Falkirk's Mill Inn, at about 19:30.

Barbara Hughes, prosecuting, told the court: "The complainer, Shaun Blackburn, was attending a pre-season match between Falkirk and Leeds United.

"The accused and a friend asked him if he was a Leeds United fan. He replied 'yes' and was then punched on the head and body."

Factory worker Duncan, who was later arrested, was ashamed of his actions, said defence solicitor Andy Bryson.

Mr Bryson added: "He was meant to see his girlfriend that evening but when she heard what he'd did that day, she was disgusted and ended the relationship."

Sheriff Craig Caldwell told Duncan: "It's absolutely unacceptable for you to behave in this way, especially to someone who had came here to watch a football match."

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites