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Man who posted abuse about disabled Celtic fan Jay Beatty is given football ban

Published 06/01/2016

Jay Beattie arrives at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Jay Beattie arrives at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Jay Beatty, 11, won Scottish football's goal of the month award in January
Jay Beatty and Martin O'Neill.
Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards overall winner Jay Beatty with Louis Walsh. Pic: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.
Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards overall winner Jay Beatty. Pic: Aidan O'Reilly/Sunday Life.
Celtic fan Jay Beattie

A Twitter troll has been banned from football and ordered to serve 200 hours community service after abusing Celtic fan Jay Beatty online.

Ross Gibson, 20, admitted acting in a threatening and abusive manner by sending sectarian messages online.

A tweet was sent from his account describing Lurgan lad Jay, who has Down's syndrome, as a "disabled piece of s***".

Other Twitter users reacted furiously, calling on Police Scotland to track down and arrest the person behind the abuse.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court confirmed today that Gibson was ordered to serve 200 supervised hours unpaid community service within the next six months and given a ban from attending football matches for a year.

Jay, 12, first rose to prominence when he was plucked from the crowd by his hero Georgios Samaras during celebrations of Celtic's league win in 2014.

Read more: Celtic stars line up to wish superfan Jay Beatty a happy 12th birthday

Later a video of him celebrating the forward's goal in the World Cup for Greece went viral.

Then last January, the young Co Armagh boy scored a penalty during the half-time break at Celtic's game against Hamilton Academical.

He was later nominated for the Scottish Premiership goal of the month award and won the accolade with an incredible 97% of the vote.

It was after Jay went to collect his award in March the vicious online attack occurred.

Jay received his award from Hoops' midfielder Charlie Mulgrew at Celtic Park and re-staged his famous penalty kick while the stadium filled with applause and cheering.

The boy's parents set up the organisation Downs & Proud to help educate parents of children with Downs Syndrome.

Last June, Jay was the overall winner at the Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland awards.

And his rollercoaster past couple of years ended in style when he rubbed shoulders with the biggest names in sport at the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year awards in Belfast.

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