Football fan admits being on the pitch

Colin McQueen was unable to celebrate Motherwell's survival with his fellow fans having been removed from the ground
Colin McQueen was unable to celebrate Motherwell's survival with his fellow fans having been removed from the ground

A Motherwell fan has admitted rushing on to the pitch to celebrate a goal during a crunch play-off tie with Rangers last season.

Colin McQueen (26) leapt over the barrier at Fir Park and ran on to the field of play as his side beat Rangers 3-0, securing their Premiership status 6-1 on aggregate.

First offender McQueen, of Wishaw, ran on but then left the pitch to rejoin his fellow fans in the stand before being later held by police.

During an appearance at Hamilton Sheriff Court he admitted entering the field of play in May this year.

He was told by Sheriff Vincent Smith to be of good behaviour for the next six months when he next appears in the dock.

McQueen’s lawyer said: “Once Motherwell scored my client ran on to the field of play but he was just one foot onto the pitch.

“He didn’t approach any players or officials and quickly turned and made his own way back to the stand.

“He was then arrested by police around 20 minutes later and removed from the ground.

“This was a game where there was a lot of trouble at the end but he played no part in any of that.

“He now regrets coming onto the pitch and realises it was a foolish thing to do.

“He appears as a first offender and currently receives £66 a week in carer’s allowance.”

Sheriff Smith told McQueen: “I will defer sentence for you to be of good behaviour for a period of six months and I will consider the issue of an order then as well.”