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Fan banned from football for cup semi final smoke bomb

Fans at Ibrox Stadium
Image caption The smoke bomb was thrown onto the pitch from the upper tier of Ibrox Stadium

A Dundee man has been fined and given a football banning order for setting off a smoke bomb at a Scottish Cup match.

Cameron McGregor admitted culpable and reckless conduct after he was seen lighting the smoke bomb and throwing it onto the pitch from the top tier at Ibrox during a match between Rangers and Dundee United.

McGregor was fined £400 and banned from attending matches for two years.

United won the semi-final match 3-1.

Speaking after McGregor was sentenced at Glasgow Sheriff Court, Stephen Ferguson, football liaison prosecutor for the west of Scotland warned other fans against the use of smoke bombs and flares.

He said: "Smoke-bombs and other uncontrolled pyrotechnic devices have no place at football matches and this was a particularly irresponsible act that could well have caused injury to others present at this game.

"The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service takes a zero-tolerance approach to this kind of reckless behaviour and will continue to prosecute those who indulge in it at others' expense."

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