Celtic fans asked to pay fine of man who hit pitch lout

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ALAN SIMP­SON

“jostling” to get to him as he was led away.

Lavelle landed a blow and was fined £400 at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court.

Celtic fans have backed Lavelle, with one set­ting up a Go Fund Me page to help pay his fine.

By last night, £265 had been pledged. Stuart McGre­gor, who set up the page, wrote: “Mr Lavelle is the gen­tle­man who gave the Celtic pitch in­vader a clout round the ear for bring­ing bad press on our club.

“Mr Lavelle has been fined £400 by the courts, which I think is a lit­tle much. Con­sid­er­ing ev­ery­one [in Celtic FC’s ground] would have done the same thing, please help pay his fine.”

While Sher­iff Sukhwinder Gill banned Hat­ton from ev­ery foot­ball ground in Bri­tain, she re­fused a Crown mo­tion to also have Lavelle banned from foot­ball.

Ms Gill told Lavelle: “I can un­der­stand how you felt – the frus­tra­tion of your­self and oth­ers in the sta­dium.

“You have been go­ing to foot­ball matches for 48 years with no trou­ble.”

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