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Scottish football fans handed community service after violent clash in retail park

Fans spared jail over violent clash between Dundee and Hamilton fans in retail park

By
Matt Coyle

PUBLISHED:

14:30 GMT, 23 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:36 GMT, 23 April 2013

A gang of hooligans who fought rival fans in a busy retail park as horrified families looked on escaped jail today.

The violent bust-up unfolded at New Douglas Retail Park in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, between supporters of Hamilton Academical and Dundee.

Two gangs of up to 30 'casuals' ran riot, battered each other and even spat at disgusted onlookers.

Shaun Murray, 27, Liam Fullerton, 18,
Daniel Weir, 21, Jamie Gilchrist, 29, all from Dundee, and Joseph
Roeves, 19, from Hamilton, were on trial at Hamilton Sheriff Court last
month.

Walking free: (left to right) Shaun Murray, Liam Fullerton, and Jamie Gilchrist must do community service

Walking free: (left to right) Shaun Murray, Liam Fullerton, and Jamie Gilchrist must do community service

They had denied fighting and causing fear and alarm on the day of a Scottish First Division match on December 3, 2011.

A jury found them guilty but on Tuesday they walked free from court after Sheriff Ray Small ordered each of them to perform 250 hours of unpaid work.

However he refused to hand down Football Banning Orders despite prosecutors asking for them to be imposed.

A 13-day trial had heard how shoppers and young children were forced to run into shops for cover as the violent encounter unfolded.

The gangs, who all dressed in casual clothes and wore no football colours, fought and launched bottles at each other. One innocent man who was with his young daughter was even spat at by one of the thugs.

Sales manager Sean Bicknell, 28, described how mayhem had erupted when the gangs clashed near Accies’ ground.

He
said: 'It was mayhem. I would describe it as a large scale disorder. It
wasn’t just one on one fights going on. It was four on one. My
impression was it was an organised event.'

Lyndsay Farrell, 31, from Motherwell, was shopping in the area at the time the fight broke out.

She told the court how she was forced to take cover in her car as the shocking incident spiralled out of control.

Scary scenes: The violence erupted at at New Douglas Retail Park in Hamilton, Lanarkshire

Scary scenes: The violence erupted at at New Douglas Retail Park in Hamilton, Lanarkshire

Miss Farrell said: 'I could see people in front of me who had a hold of one male. They were punching and kicking him and tried to drag him to the ground. A lot of them had bloody noses and things.'

Defence lawyers for all five men said the incident was out of character for them and only Roeves had a previous conviction.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Small said: 'We had to sit through a very lengthy trial about the activities and actions of the accused and particularly those who travelled from Dundee.

'I am in no doubt that those who travelled down got involved in a very unpleasant incident.

'I want to make it clear that if there was evidence that any of you had been personally involved in knocking anyone to the ground, throwing bottles or other violence you would be receiving a prison sentence.

'However it is unclear from the evidence whether you were directly involved in the disorder or were on the fringes but the fact you got involved means you deserve to be punished.

'I will impose a Community Payback Order of 250 hours to be completed over 12 months.'

Sheriff Small said he would tell Hamilton Accademical and Dundee FC of the convictions.

Ryan Devaney, 23, of Dundee had earlier walked free after the jury found the charge against him not proven.

Neil Lennon given three-match ban by Scottish FA

Lennon set to miss Celtic's title celebrations as SFA hit manager with three-game ban

, having been found guilty of breaching three rules after rushing on to the pitch at full-time following the Hoops' William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Hearts at Hampden to confront referee Euan Norris.

Lennon also received an additional suspended three-match ban which was to come into effect if any act of misconduct was committed by him before the end of this season.

Rant: Microphones picked up Lennon shouting at St Mirren's Jim Goodwin last month

Rant: Microphones picked up Lennon shouting at St Mirren's Jim Goodwin last month

Montrose 0 Rangers 0 – match report: Ally McCoist"s men crowned Irn-Bru Scottish Third Division champions

Montrose 0 Rangers 0: McCoist's men crowned champions despite goalless draw

By
Lisa Gray, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

15:22 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

02:00 GMT, 31 March 2013

Rangers clinched the Irn-Bru Third Division title on Saturday to complete stage one of their journey back to the top of Scottish Football.

The Light Blues were held to a goalless draw at Montrose in a noon kick-off but were confirmed as champions three hours later when a Stuart Leslie penalty secured victory for Elgin over Queen's Park.

The result at Hampden means nearest rivals Queen's cannot catch the Ibrox outfit in the title race, as Ally McCoist secured his first piece of silverware as Rangers manager.

Get the party started: Rangers players pose after winning the Third Division

Get the party started: Rangers players pose after winning the Third Division

Goaless: Rangers' Kane Hemmings tussles for the ball with Cammy MacDonald

Goaless: Rangers' Kane Hemmings tussles for the ball with Cammy MacDonald

His side have looked unconvincing at
times this term but have done enough to force themselves over the
finishing line with several games to spare, following their demotion to
the bottom tier of Scottish football after being consigned to
liquidation in the summer and losing their top-flight status.

Rangers made two changes following last week's drab stalemate against Stirling at Ibrox for the clash at Montrose.

David Templeton and Ian Black returned
from injury and suspension respectively to start, with Barrie McKay and
Fraser Aird dropping to the bench.

Rangers were handed a tough match the last time they visited Links Park in December, leaving with a hard-fought 4-2 win.

Chalked off: Montrose's Martin Boyle has finds the net only to have his goal ruled out

Chalked off: Montrose's Martin Boyle finds the net only to have his goal ruled out

This time around, they started sharply
with efforts from Robbie Crawford and Lee McCulloch blocked in quick
succession, before Kyle Hutton eventually rifled wide.

Templeton tested the goalkeeper when
he collected a Kane Hemmings header before unleashing an impressive half
volley that stung the palms of John Gibson.

The winger was threatening again when
he cut inside from the left before having another crack at goal but
Stephen McNally blocked for a corner.

Templeton then turned provider for Lee
Wallace and his effort was touched onto the bar by the keeper, as
Rangers kept up the pressure.

At the other end, a Paul Watson strike from distance took a massive deflection and spun just past the upright.

Champions elect Ally McCoist side could still become champions if Queens Park slip up against Elgin City

A matter of time: Ally McCoist side could still become champions if Queens Park slip up against Elgin City

Bolstered by the chance, the home side carved out another couple of decent opportunities.

David Gray – who has netted home and
away against Gers this season – forced a save from Neil Alexander,
before Alan Campbell glanced a header inches wide.

Montrose should have taken the lead
through Martin Boyle but his back post header was off target when he
should have had the net bulging.

The home side picked up where they
left off in the second half when Gray pounced on a poor clearance from
Emilson Cribari and lashed narrowly over the crossbar a minute after the
restart.

Crunch: Ian Black takes a tough challenge from Montrose's Terry Masson

Crunch: Ian Black takes a tough challenge from Montrose's Terry Masson

Rangers had a good chance of their own when Wallace's cut-back found Hemmings and his shot forced a decent save from Gibson.

Montrose thought they had taken the lead when they had the ball in the net after 65 minutes.

Alexander fumbled an awkward cross
that fell for Terry Masson. His shot was saved but the keeper could not
hold that ball, which was turned into the empty net by Boyle.

But the goal was disallowed by referee Kevin Clancy for a foul on Alexander.

It looked to be a controversial
decision and a let off for Rangers, whose celebrations came later in the
day as they made the trip back to Ibrox and took a major step in their
road to recovery.

Captain McMillan among EIGHT players axed by stricken Scottish side Dunfermline

Captain McMillan among EIGHT players axed by stricken Scottish side Dunfermline

PUBLISHED:

18:58 GMT, 28 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:59 GMT, 28 March 2013

Captain Jordan McMillan has confirmed that he is among eight players made redundant by crisis club Dunfermline

The defender used his Twitter
account to reveal that he had been axed by the Scottish First Division side.

McMillan wrote: 'The news is true i
have been made redundant with immediate affect but loved my time at club
as captain hope boys do well rest of season.'

Axed: Dunfermline's Jordan McMillan leaves East End Park after being told he is being made redundant

Axed: Dunfermline's Jordan McMillan leaves East End Park after being told he is being made redundant

Dunfermline players had been called
to a meeting with the club's interim administrator to learn which of
them will lose their jobs.

Players and staff reported for a 4pm
meeting with Bryan Jackson, who had warned of 'brutal' cuts after being
appointed by a court on Wednesday.

The last walk Dunfermline players trudge off after defeat to Falkirk last night

The last walk Dunfermline players trudge off after defeat to Falkirk last night

PFA Scotland chief executive Fraser Wishart and manager Jim Jefferies were also at the meeting at East End Park.

The club applied to go into administration to avert being wound up over an unpaid 134,000 tax bill.
Jackson, who has performed the same role at Clyde, Clydebank,
Motherwell, Dundee and Portsmouth, said: 'I'll be honest and say this is
as bad a situation as I've seen at a football club. It's going to be as
challenging as anything I've done in the past.

More to follow

Charity: Dunfermline staff are appealing for donations to the club due to their current financial situation

Charity: Dunfermline staff are appealing for donations to the club due to their current financial situation


Angry: Dunfermline fans express their opinions with a banner calling the situation an 'insult' to the club

Angry: Dunfermline fans express their opinions with a banner calling the situation an 'insult' to the club


Request: Roy Barry (second right) asked if Sir Alex could help in any way

Troubled times: The board are appealing for fans to support the team through the choppy waters

Serbia v Scotland World Cup qualifier to go ahead despite snow

Scotland's World Cup qualifier in snowy Serbia set to go ahead as Tartan Army dig in to help clear pitch

By
Stuart Fraser

PUBLISHED:

11:40 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:04 GMT, 26 March 2013

Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Serbia is set to go ahead, despite continuing heavy snowfall.

Gordon Strachan's side are due to play tonight in the city of Novi Sad, around an hour north west of the Scots' base in Belgrade, and work to clear the Karadjordje Stadium pitch is underway.

Digging in: Members of the Tartan Army help clear the pitch in Novi Sad

Digging in: Members of the Tartan Army help clear the pitch in Novi Sad

Helping hand: Scotland fan David Wildridge clears snow from the seats in the Karadjordje Stadium

Helping hand: Scotland fan David Wildridge clears snow from the seats in the Karadjordje Stadium

The Serbia FA and the Scottish FA are continuing to monitor the situation, the latter tweeting: 'Serbia v Scotland on as it stands. Serbia FA clearing pitch of snow.'

Around 1,200 members of the Tartan Army are expected to attend the match, which would be rescheduled for Wednesday if it was postponed tonight.

Snow: The scene outside the Scotland team hotel in Belgrade this morning

Snow: The scene outside the Scotland team hotel in Belgrade this morning

Wrapped up: Strachan tries to keep warm during Scotland's training session in Belgrade last night

Wrapped up: Strachan tries to keep warm during Scotland's training session in Belgrade last night

Scotland are currently bottom of Group A with two points from five games after losing 2-1 to Wales in the snow at Hampden on Friday.

With qualification hopes for the World Cup almost certainly over, Strachan is set make a number of changes to his team tonight against Serbia, who sit fourth with four points.

Warming up: Scotland trained at the Partizan Belgrade Academy ahead of tonight's match against Serbia

Warming up: Scotland trained at the Partizan Belgrade Academy ahead of tonight's match against Serbia

Defeat: Scotland lost out in the Glasgow snow on Friday night as they were beaten 2-1 by Wales

Defeat: Scotland lost out in the Glasgow snow on Friday night as they were beaten 2-1 by Wales

Football League matches cancelled between Sheffield United and Brentford, Shrewsbury and Oldham

Sheffield United v Brentford TV clash tops list of Football League matches postponed due to snow

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

09:12 GMT, 23 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:13 GMT, 23 March 2013

LEAGUE MATCHES POSTPONED

npower League 1
Sheff Utd v Brentford
Shrewsbury v Oldham
Crawley Town v Crewe

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Port Vale v Aldershot
Chesterfield v Plymouth
Burton Albion v Wycombe
Rotherham v Exeter
Rochdale v Southend

Blue Square bet premier
Braintree Town v Alfreton Town
Barrow v Ebbsfleet United

The Irn-Bru Scottish Football League Championship Third Division
Annan Athletic v Queens Park
Elgin City v Clyde

Saturday's League One promotion clash between Sheffield United and Brentford has been postponed due to snow, a long with a number of other Football League fixtures.

Heavy snowfall across the country has hit the Football League schedule badly, with the match between Shrewsbury and Oldham Athletic also affected.

In League Two, Port Vale's home meeting with Aldershot was also wiped out, with groups of fans unable to clear the pitch as snow continued to fall.

Vale acknowledged the postponement on their website.

Chesterfield and Plymouth will also have to rearrange their fixture. So too will the games between Chesterfield and Plymouth, Burton Albion and Wycombe, Rotherham and Exeter and Rochdale and Southend.

No chance: Snow banks line the side of Greenhous Meadow stadium, home of Shrewsbury Town

No chance: Snow banks line the side of Greenhous Meadow stadium, home of Shrewsbury Town

Rangers star Francisco Sandaza duped by Celtic fan cabbie in astonishing 23-minute phonecall – listen to clip

Rangers star duped into admitting he's only at Ibrox 'for the money' in astonishing 23-minute phonecall to prankster Glasgow cabbie (who just happens to be a Celtic fan!)
Listen to full recording of telephone conversation hereFrancisco Sandaza admits he'd be keen on big-money US moveSpanish striker candidly reveals his 4.5k-a-week salary detailsBut star pleads with fictional agent not to alert club to plansPrankster named Tommy has caught out Scottish football figures before

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

11:52 GMT, 20 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:02 GMT, 20 March 2013

Rangers striker duped…

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Rangers striker Francisco Sandaza has apparently been tricked by a Glasgow taxi driver into admitting he only moved to Ibrox for the money.

In a phone conversation, which was recorded for 23 minutes, Sandaza revealed details of his salary to a cabbie named Tommy, who was posing as a Los Angeles-based agent. The taxi driver is a known prankster, who has duped footballers before.

The Spaniard also complains at the standard of football in Division Three claiming: 'I didn’t sign for the level, I signed for the money. I’ll get another contract after Rangers.'

Scroll down to listen to the full recording…

Bad call: Francisco Sandaza has been tricked by a Celtic supporter posing as an agent working in Los Angeles

Bad call: Francisco Sandaza has been tricked by a Celtic supporter posing as an agent working in Los Angeles

Celtic supporter Tommy – who has never revealed his surname – was pretending to be middle-man Jack McGonigle, has previously tricked disgraced former Rangers owner Craig Whyte and ex-SFA chief executive David Taylor, now a senior UEFA official.

Sandaza tells the prankster he is on 4,500 a week for the first season of his four-year deal which goes up to 10,000 in the final year. By that time the Ibrox club would expect to be back in the top flight of Scottish football.

The 28-year-old striker, who believed 'McGonigle' was approaching him about a move to Major League Soccer in the United States, admitted he would quit Ibrox for a better deal but insists he does not want the club to know about the conversation.

He says: 'Do not do it officially through the club. Send me the contract first. I don’t want trouble if Rangers find out about this.'

Sandaza signed for Rangers from St Johnstone last summer. He has also played for Dundee United.

LISTEN TO THE FULL CONVERSATION HERE…

Jonjo Shelvey could be available for 7m with Stoke City ready to move in summer

Shelvey could be available for 7m with Stoke lining up a summer move

By
Aidan Mccartney

PUBLISHED:

11:47 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:27 GMT, 3 March 2013

Stoke City are considering a move for out-of-favour Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey during the summer.

The former Charlton prospect has
recently fallen out of Brendan Rodgers first-team plans and the Sunday
People suggest that he could be available in a cut-price transfer in the summer.

Stoke are
understood to be observing the 21-year-old’s progress with Tony Pulis having sent a two-man party to watch the England international
in a reserve match last week.

Outcast: Shelvey (right) could be available in the summer after disappointing recent form

Bleak future: Shelvey (right) could be allowed to leave Anfield after disappointing recent form

Shelvey impressed earlier in the
season for the Reds in his 14 appearances, earning a first England senior cap against San Marino in October.

However, the youngster has been
criticised for his latest displays and he was hauled off by Rodgers after
60 minutes in his last start, an uninspiring performance during their 2-0 defeat against
West Brom in February.

Stoke look set to lose unsettled
former Liverpool man Charlie Adam in the summer and Pulis has now eyed up Shelvey in a 7million swoop as the ideal replacement for the
Scottish international.

Grieving: Adam lost his father just before Christmas which could see him depart Stoke

Grieving: Adam (left) lost his father just before Christmas which could see him depart Stoke

Domenico Crolla creates pizzas to mark Celtic"s Champions League tie with Juventus

Is this what victory tastes like Scottish restauranteur creates commemorative pizzas for Celtic's tie with Juventus

By
Liv Lee

PUBLISHED:

11:43 GMT, 11 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:44 GMT, 11 February 2013

Juventus are gearing up to battle Celtic for a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it looks as though fans are keen to get a slice of the action.

Scottish-born Italian pizza specialist Domenico Crolla has chosen to mark the occasion in his own particular way, by baking one-of-a-kind pizzas emblazoned with the team's crests.

Celtic take on the Italian giants, who are currently top of the Serie A table, on Tuesday night.

Crolla is known for his designs and won Pizza Desginer of the Year in 2009

Creative: Domenico Crolla is known for his designs and won Pizza Desginer of the Year in 2009

Domenico Crolla created the pizzas to mark Celtic's clash with Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League

Football fan: Crolla created the pizzas to mark Celtic's clash with Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League

Celtic will fight the Italian side for a place in the quarter-finals on Tuesday night

Battle: Celtic will fight the Italian side for a place in the quarter-finals on Tuesday night

Celtic are in a similar position, currently topping the Scottish Premier League, and are aiming to become the first Scottish team to make it into the final eight with the competition in its current format.

They warmed up to the tie with a 3-1 win over Inverness CT at the weekend, while Juventus are also on winning form, having beaten Fiorentina 2-0 last week and Chievo before that.

The man behind restaurant chain Bella Napoli, Crolla, decided that this was a tie worth celebrating, and set about creating the original pizzas to get people salivating over the match.

The artistic restauranteur has previously adorned pizza's with the faces of Kate Middleton, Bruce Forsyth, Marylin Monroe and Jackie Chan, among others.

So renowned is his culinary artistry that he was named Pizza Designer of the Year in 2009.

Sir Alex Ferguson watches Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama at Parkhead

Fergie runs the rule over Celtic midfielder Wanyama as United boss returns to Glasgow

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

08:43 GMT, 23 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:41 GMT, 23 January 2013

As his Manchester United side prepare for this weekend's FA Cup clash against Fulham 4,500 miles away in Qatar, Sir Alex Ferguson returned to his Glasgow roots to watch Celtic's 4-0 victory over Dundee United.

The Old Trafford boss was spotted in the Parkhead crowd as Neil Lennon's SPL leaders romped to an emphatic SPL win with Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama putting in a stand-out performance.

All smiles: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was in the stands at Parkhead on Tuesday night to watch Celtic beat Dundee United

All smiles: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was in the stands at Parkhead on Tuesday night to watch Celtic beat Dundee United

United are believed to be among a host of potential suitors for the 21-year-old, who struck the hosts' second goal of the evening in the 33rd minute.

Lennon is keen to keep hold of Wanyama, who arrived at the Scottish club from Belgian outfit Beerschot in 2011 and has played an instrumental role in guiding Celtic into the knockout stages of this season's Champions League.

Ferguson, meanwhile, will today pay his respects to Sean Fallon as the United manager attends the funeral of the Celtic legend, who was the assistant to Jock Stein when they won the European Cup in 1967.

Standing out: Victor Wanyama was impressive and scored Celtic's second in their 4-0 win

Standing out: Victor Wanyama was impressive and scored Celtic's second in their 4-0 win