Scottish footballer Brian Martin banned from every ground

A former Scottish footballer has been banned from every ground in Britain.

Sunday, 26th March 2017, 11:23 am
Updated Monday, 27th March 2017, 1:19 pm
Brian Martin playing for Berwick Rangers. Picture: Johnson Press
Brian Martin playing for Berwick Rangers. Picture: Johnson Press

Defender Brian Martin, who played for Berwick Rangers until January, was one of hundreds of fans who invaded the pitch after Hibs’ 3-2 win against Rangers at last year’s Scottish Cup final.

Martin, 31, was charged under the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act and pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

He was fined £800 and issued with a one-year football banning order.

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Martin runs an electrical business in Musselburgh, East Lothian, with his father.

He joined Berwick Rangers from Musselburgh Athletic in January 2016 after a successful career in junior football.

Martin told a daily newspaper: “I was treated fairly enough by the courts. I was just one of the unlucky ones and have got to accept it and move on. It has been a bit over the top but they have to be seen to be doing something.”

Berwick Rangers club secretary Dennis McCleary declined to comment.