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Celtic pitch invader who tried to kick player given four-year ban

By Staff Reporter

A Celtic fan from Co Armagh has been banned from football matches for four years after a high-profile solo pitch invasion.

Shamed Hoops supporter John Hatton (21), from Churchill Park in Portadown, avoided jail, but was ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid community work.

Hatton ran onto the pitch in Glasgow and drunkenly attempted to kick £167m Paris St-Germain player Kylian Mbappe.

The Tesco worker jumped over a metal railing at Celtic Park during the team's 5-0 defeat last month.

He was so drunk his kick missed, but he later admitted assaulting the player.

Hatton was punched on the head by an angry fellow supporter as he was led away by police.

His lawyer previously told Glasgow Sheriff Court that his client drank so much before the game he couldn't remember parts of the day.

Uefa bosses are set to take action against Celtic for the incident, and the club has already banned Hatton for life.

Sheriff Diane McConnell told him: "It is fortunate the player you targeted wasn't struck or injured, but he must have been greatly alarmed.

"Clearly there was considerable potential for serious large-scale disorder as a consequence of your actions. Indeed, I am told some disorder did follow upon your conduct and the crowd became hostile as a consequence of what you did."

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