A FOOTBALL thug jailed for nine months after a mass brawl has been freed after just eight weeks behind bars.
Gerald McCann, 46, from Edinburgh, was one of 17 people convicted after the pre-planned fight involving up to 70 hooligans in front of terrified families at Glasgow’s Central station.
But he was released with an electronic tag in time for Christmas despite only being sentenced in September.
The brawl, involving Hibs and Rangers thugs and members of the notorious Chelsea Headhunters gang, took place as Hibs fans returned to Edinburgh from a Scottish Cup game at Ayr in March 2012.
Politicians criticised McCann’s early release. Labour justice spokesman Graeme Pearson said: “If the judge wanted him to be jailed for eight weeks he would have sentenced him to eight weeks. Justice has not been served.”
The Scottish Government said that it was committed to ending automatic early release and a significant step had been taken by ending it for dangerous offenders and sex offenders.
McCann works for the city council’s street cleaning department. Bosses said he had been suspended over his conviction and refused to discuss the case while their investigation was ongoing.