Glasgow & West Scotland

Celtic fan Michael Bailey admits sectarian abuse

A Celtic fan has admitted posting sectarian and racist comments on Facebook after being caught during a police crackdown on internet bigots.

Michael Bailey, 20, from Glasgow, left the messages on the social networking site, in a group called "Neil Lennon should be banned" and on his own page.

He was caught after a police task force began reviewing internet sites after March's so-called Old Firm shame game.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, sentence on Bailey was deferred for reports.

The court heard how Bailey posted sectarian comments about Rangers and made a racist comment about the Ibrox club's Senegalese player El Hadji Diouf between 7 and 8 March this year.

At this time, a police task force was reviewing social network sites after an increase of sectarian football-related hostility following the volatile Celtic versus Rangers Scottish Cup replay on 3 March.

'Full responsibility'

Procurator fiscal depute Mark Allan told the court that as a result of the online group, police investigated further and identified that Bailey had made sectarian and racist comments on the "Neil Lennon should be banned" page and on his own Facebook page.

Bailey was detained by police on 30 April and interviewed.

The court was told he accepted "full responsibility" for posting the comments.

The 20-year-old was released on bail with the conditions that he must not enter any SPL ground or Hampden Stadium and will sign on at his local police station during the first half of every Celtic match.

Sheriff Johanna Johnstone QC deferred sentencing until next month for reports.

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