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Jordan Tapping racism: Donnie Fraser gets football banning order

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Image caption Donnie Fraser admitted the offence

A teenager who racially abused an East Stirlingshire player at Peterhead's Balmoor Stadium has been given a one-year football banning order.

Donnie Fraser, 19, admitted targeting 17-year-old Jordan Tapping during a match on Saturday.

The player was left "extremely distressed", and was substituted towards the end of the game.

Fraser was also ordered to pay £300 in compensation at Peterhead Sheriff Court.

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Image caption Jordan Tapping was substituted during the game against Peterhead

Police launched an investigation after reports of the incident appeared in the media.

First offender Fraser was traced, and admitted shouting a racially offensive comment which was likely to incite public disorder.

Defence lawyer Garry Sturrock said his client, a labourer at a local fish factory, was ashamed of his actions.

Mr Sturrock said Fraser was an "avid" Peterhead FC supporter.

The lawyer added: "He tells me that racial remarks are completely out of character for him.

"He is deeply ashamed and accepts the wrongness of his actions."

He added that the teenager had had time to reflect on the crime and would be seeking help from his GP to deal with anger management issues.

Sheriff Alison Stirling told Fraser he had committed a "terrible offence".

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