Football fan ‘punched 3 police horses during riot’
A CELTIC fan punched three police horses during what an officer claimed was the worst riot he had ever seen, a court heard yesterday.
Kevin McGuire, 36, denies ‘causing unnecessary suffering’ to the horses in January before Celtic played Airdrie in a cup game at Parkhead.
Sergeant Mark Stewart told Glasgow Sheriff Court: ‘Airdrie fans were being blocked from getting into the ground by Celtic fans. There were families trying to get in and there were bricks and missiles getting flung as well as spitting and throwing lit cigarettes.’
The officer claimed McGuire, from Cardonald, Glasgow, was ‘directing others’ during the alleged incident.
Sergeant Stewart said he saw McGuire attack three police horses. He said: ‘I asked him to move and he punched my horse, Oban, on the nozzle.
‘It was a full blown punch and he also punched police horse Glasgow on the face.’
Sergeant Stewart claimed another horse, Nerston, was also punched later. He stated he was hit on the leg by McGuire, as was another officer.
The trial continues.