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Smoke grenade Aberdeen fan Findlay Duncan banned from games

Aberdeen fans
Flares were let off at Tannadice

A football fan caught waving a smoke grenade in a packed stand as Dundee United played Aberdeen has been banned from matches for two years.

Findlay Duncan, 21, from Inverurie, was arrested after several flares were set off in the Aberdeen end of Tannadice Park in Dundee.

Duncan admitted being in possession of a smoke grenade on 1 January.

The Aberdeen fan was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work through a community payback order.

At Dundee Sheriff Court, Christopher Maitland, defending, said Duncan was "deeply remorseful".

He said: "He did not arrive at the game in possession of the flare - he was given it in the stand and only possessed it for about a minute."

Sheriff Tom Hughes said: "I take a very serious view of your behaviour.

"This type of conduct is totally unacceptable and has been causing concern for football authorities and fans recently.

"Flares are extremely dangerous and when they are put off they make it extremely difficult for fans.

"This must be eradicated from Scottish football."

Aberdeen won the game 2-1.

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