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Men given football banning orders for Celtic attack in Aberdeen

Two men have received football banning orders for fighting with rival Celtic fans in Aberdeen.

Christopher Kyle, 39, and Martin Pratt, 37, admitted assault after the incident in March.

Kyle was jailed for nine months and given a 15-month banning order, while Pratt was sentenced to a 15-month community payback order, 180 hours of unpaid work and also had a six month banning order imposed.

Grampian Police welcomed the sentences.

'Totally unacceptable'

Football banning orders are designed to stop potential troublemakers travelling to football matches - at home and abroad.

Vicki Bell, football liaison prosecutor for the north of Scotland, said after the Aberdeen Sheriff Court case: "The behaviour of Christopher Kyle and Martin Pratt was totally unacceptable both in law and to all genuine football supporters.

"Whether the offences are committed at the match itself or, as in this case, while travelling to or from the stadium, we will do all in our power to bring those who perpetrate such crimes to justice."

Ch Supt Adrian Watson said: "Anyone who visits Aberdeen, be it for football, shopping or just a night out, should feel safe, and it is unacceptable that these two individuals made the choice to behave in a way that could have resulted in someone being seriously injured."

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