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Men sentenced for football disorder

At Glasgow Sheriff Court this week, three men were ordered to carry out a total of 720 hours of unpaid work and handed Football Banning Orders ranging from 24 to 36 months for their part in a large scale violent disturbance before the Rangers v Aberdeen match on 21st January 2012.

Prior to the game the men, Stanley Thain, Ivan George Bridge and Gary Leys, all Aberdeen supporters, were involved in large scale disorder which included running battles with rival fans outside Ibrox Subway Station.

The Football Banning Order means that as well as the sentences imposed by the court they will be banned from all regulated football matches throughout the whole of the United Kingdom for a period of between two and three years.

“Behaviour such as this is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” said Joe Stewart, Football Liaison Prosecutor for the West of Scotland. “We will do all in our power to combat football related violence or disorder of any kind and will continue to bring those who perpetrate such crimes to justice.”