Football fan jailed after pitch incident

Glasgow Ranger’s fan has been jailed for a year after throwing a bottle at a Celtic physiotherapist during an Old Firm game, leaving him scarred for life.

Alan Crawford, 33, was also handed a five-year football banning order for the act of “mindless violence”, when he was sentenced at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Rangers have issued a lifetime ban to Craw­ford after the club assisted police in their inves­tigations and provided footage to help identify the individual.

Celtic physio, Daniel Friel, needed four stitches and was left with a scar after he was hit on the head by a bottle in the incident at Ibrox on April 3, last year.

When he appeared at the court earlier this month, Crawford, from Grangemouth, admitted throwing a bottle towards Mr Friel which struck his head “to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.”

Sentencing Crawford on Wednesday, Sheriff, Tony Kelly, described it as an act of “reprehen­sible conduct.”

He said: “You assaulted the complainer by throwing a bottle which struck him on the head.”

The assault happened during a football match between Rangers and Celtic.

Defence agent, Harvie Diamond, said Craw­ford, a father, feels remorse for his actions and he had urged the sheriff to consider alterna­tives to custody.

Celtic won the game 2-1. —Sports Sk

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