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Man banned from football matches after Ibrox assault

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Image caption Thomson was banned from from football games for three years after assaulting a man outside Ibrox

A man has been banned from attending football matches for three years after he assaulted a man outside Ibrox stadium.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Matthew Thomson was given a football banning order for attacking a man before the Rangers v Aberdeen game on 21 January.

Thomson, 23, from Aberdeen, had previously admitted the unprovoked attack, which was captured on CCTV.

As well as the banning order he also was given 200 hours community service.

The banning order means that as well as the sentence imposed by the court he will be banned from all regulated football matches throughout the whole of the UK for three years.

Following the sentence, Barry Dickson, football liaison prosecutor for the west of Scotland, said: "The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is absolutely determined to play its part in confronting problems of violence associated with football matches for which there is no place in today's society.

"Whether the offences are at the football match itself, travelling to or from it, we will do all in our power to bring those who perpetrate such crimes to justice."

"Prosecutors will continue to prosecute anyone indulging in such behaviour with a zero-tolerance approach and reiterate the message that there is no place for bigotry and intolerance in modern Scotland."

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