Ban for Celtic flare thrower

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A Cam­bus­lang man has been handed a year-long ban from at­tend­ing foot­ball matches in Scot­land after throw­ing a flare at ri­val fans.

Celtic fan Christo­pher Cal­laghan, 19, chal­lenged Mother­well fans to a fight on his way to a match at Fir Park in December be­fore throw­ing the flare.

The ex­plo­sive went off be­side a po­lice horse, caus­ing the an­i­mal to be­come un­set­tled.

Cal­laghan was later iden­ti­fied by po­lice of­fi­cers. He ad­mit­ted cul­pa­bly and reck­lessly throw­ing the de­vice at the horse which caused it to be­come un­set­tled and en­dan­ger­ing the rider at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court last week. He also ad­mit­ted en­gag­ing in be­hav­iour likely to cause pub­lic dis­or­der by shout­ing, swear­ing, ges­tic­u­lat­ing and chal­leng­ing Mother­well fans to fight.

Sher­iff Alas­dair Mac­Fadyen or­dered Cal­laghan to carry out 150 hours of un­paid work as well as ban­ning him from ev­ery foot­ball match in the coun­try for a year.

He said: “It was ex­tremely for­tu­nate that the horse did not back up and place the rider in real dan­ger. This was an in­cred­i­bly dan­ger­ous thing to do and could have led to se­ri­ous in­jury or worse.”

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