Hibs fans admit role in cup final disorder

Police lined the pitch during the invasion
Police lined the pitch during the invasion

FOUR Hibs fans have admitted their part in a pitch invasion at the end of the Scottish Cup final.

David Jack, 19, who also pushed Rangers player Andy Halliday, pleaded guilty to running on the pitch on May 21 at Hampden Park as well as Bryan McCabe, 45, Steven Gordon, 28 and Alexander Lanni, 22.

Each of them either ran towards or approached Rangers fans and gesticulated in a threatening or aggressive manner or behaved aggressively after Hibs won 3-2.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Gordon, from Westfield Avenue, also admitted kicking an unknown man while he was on the ground.

He was given a £566 fine and a football banning order for a year and a half and McCabe, from Murrayburn, was given the same length of order and a £400 fine.

Sentence was deferred on Jack, from Sydney Terrace, until next month for a social work report and on Lanni, from Murieston Valley, Livingston.

Three other men denied charges of running on to the pitch after the game. The court wasn’t told which teams they supported.

George Henderson, 49, from Penilee, is alleged to have behaved in an aggressive manner towards opposition fans and challenge an opposing fan to fight and attempt to punch them.

Robert Barr, 19, from Kilbirnie, denies entering the field and approaching rival fans, brandishing a chair and behaving in a threatening manner as well as assaulting a man by kicking him on the body.

Robert Smith, 24, from Glasgow, is also accused of entering the field, behaving in an aggressive manner, approaching opposing fans and waving his arm in the air, and assaulting someone by kicking them on the body.

Sheriff Kenneth Hogg granted bail for each of them and Barr and Lanni have special conditions not to attend any football matches until the outcome of their cases.