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Northern Ireland Rangers fan jailed for assault at cup final

By Staff Reporter

A Rangers fan from Northern Ireland who kicked a Hibs fan during a pitch invasion at last year's Scottish Cup Final has been jailed for nine months.

Darren McDonald (40), who travelled to the game from Ballymena, admitted running on to the pitch after the final whistle and kicking the other man on the head or body.

The accused was also given a three-and-a-half year football banning order at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

McDonald is currently serving a sentence in Northern Ireland and the latest jail term will begin after that ends.

Footage from the match - which Hibs won 3-2 - was played to the court and newspaper reports from the time were viewed.

The unknown Hibs supporter was on the ground, having been assaulted by someone else. McDonald ran over to him and pulled his right leg back to kick him but slipped and fell backwards.

The court heard that the momentum meant his leg made accidental contact with the Hibs fan's head or body.

He then got up and ran off after the attack, leaving the Hibs fan on the ground.

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