Man jailed over Prestonpans Scottish Cup trouble

A player picks up another smoke bomb that has been thrown onto the pitch and throws it off the park. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

A player picks up another smoke bomb that has been thrown onto the pitch and throws it off the park. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

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A MAN has been jailed for 140 days after admitted being involved in the disorder which marred Preston Athletic’s Scottish Cup game with Queen’s Park in Prestonpans on Saturday.

Steven Moffat, aged 21, from Prestonpans, pleaded guilty to breaking the peace, resisting arrest and drinking in public.

Two other men, aged 21 and 17, have been charged in relation to other incidents associated with the match at Pennypit.

The match referee temporarily abandoned the game after a group of 10 fans invaded the pitch at half time. Police officers then helped stewards disperse a group of around 20 who had been causing disorder, including throwing two fireworks and two flares.

The match restarted soon after and police are still hunting those involved.

Inspector Andrew Harborow said: “It is disappointing that a small group of around 20 people, who claim to be football supporters, disrupted what was otherwise a good natured family event.

“The total attendance was 806, of which around 100 were travelling fans, the vast majority were there to support their local teams and enjoy a football match. Our inquiries are continuing to identify those responsible for the disorder and it is to be expected that the footballing authorities will be looking at the match report with interest.”

A Queen’s Park spokesman said: “We would doubt that those involved were regular supporters and share Preston’s disappointment.”