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Life-time ban for Linfield fan who sang Super Rangers at Celtic tie

 

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Linfield supporters at the game at Parkhead. Photo: Aidan O’Reilly/Pacemaker Press

Linfield supporters at the game at Parkhead. Photo: Aidan O’Reilly/Pacemaker Press

Linfield supporters at the game at Parkhead. Photo: Aidan O’Reilly/Pacemaker Press

Linfield Football Club have issued a life-time ban to a Belfast man convicted for singing sectarian songs at Linfield's Champion League qualifier in Scotland.

The club did not name the individual, but it is understood to be 46-year-old Scott Colville, a Belfast greengrocer.

He admitted singing a song which included the phrase "F***** b******s" at Celtic Park before the game last week and was fined £300.

A Linfield statement said: "At Monday's scheduled Board Meeting the Directors of Linfield Football Club issued a lifetime ban to an individual convicted of a criminal offence in Glasgow during the away leg of our Champions League tie against Celtic.

"All indications so far are that this individual was neither a Club Member nor a season ticket holder and we have begun an investigation to establish how they were able to obtain a match ticket.

Linfield has said it will chase those fans responsible for trouble at the first leg to pay for its £8,964 fine issued by UEFA in the aftermath of the tie. Celtic were also hit by charges for an illicit banner displayed at Parkhead on the return leg, which the club condemned.

The Linfield club statement continued: "We continue to cooperate with the Police Service of Northern Ireland over the events of the first leg and are hopeful that individuals who have now been identified will shortly appear before the courts.

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"Linfield note that the local courts have the power to issue banning orders against individuals convicted of criminal offences in football stadia and would be fully supportive of such punishments being invoked in the event of convictions arising from this match."


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