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Gary Brabin convicted over fracas at York-Luton game

Former Luton Town manager Gary Brabin has been found guilty of a public order offence after a touchline scuffle at a game between York City and Luton Town.

Brabin, 41, was sent off after the incident during the Blue Square Premier match in York on 19 April 2011.

He was found guilty after a three-day trial at Selby Magistrates' Court of using threatening and behaviour. He was fined £400 and told to pay £900 costs.

Brabin was cleared of assaulting two stewards during the game.

He had been accused of headbutting and elbowing the security staff after they had forcibly removed him from the technical area following his protest at the manner in which his players were being treated during the match.

Brabin's solicitor said he was considering an appeal against the public order conviction.

The district judge chose not to impose a football banning order on Brabin because of the impact it would have on his ability to carry out his job.

Brabin was sacked by Luton last month after a run of only one win in seven Blue Square Bet Premier matches.

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