Glasgow & West Scotland

Celtic fan Paul Clark given football ban over gun gesture

A Celtic fan who made a gun gesture with a flag during a game against Rangers has been given a 12-month football banning order.

Paul Clark was captured on CCTV pointing the object and making a motion towards Rangers fans during the game at Celtic Park on 29 April 2012.

The 30-year-old, from Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, denied gesturing in a manner "suggestive of a firearm".

He was found guilty following a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

The court was shown footage of Clark at the football match.

'Inflammatory behaviour'

Sheriff Bill Totten accepted the Crown case that Clark was seen holding a flag and making a movement with the pole towards Rangers fans as though it was a rifle.

The court heard that after being captured on the footage, season ticket holder Clark was arrested at a later date for the offence.

Speaking following sentencing, Stephen Ferguson, football liaison prosecutor for the West of Scotland, said: "Paul Clark behaved in an unacceptable and offensive manner and will now have to face the consequences of his actions.

"Attending football matches should be about enjoying the match event and most certainly should not somewhere you are subjected to offensive and inflammatory behaviour."

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