Motherwell smokebomb fan gets one-year match ban


A teenage Motherwell fan caught with a smokebomb near Fir Park has been banned from attending games for the next 12 months.

Ben Pirrie was spotted with the lit device in Airbles Road on the night of the Europa League qualifier against Russian side Kuban Krasnodar last August.

Pirrie (16), of Carluke, appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court last week and admitted placing people in a state of fear and alarm and causing a breach of the peace.

Sheriff Ray Small said: “What causes concern is he’s with a group congregating outside a pub and marching en masse to the ground. He is daft enough to pick up fireworks which he says other people were throwing.”

The sheriff stopped short of imposing a football banning order which has rigorous conditions such as reporting to a police station when matches are being played.

Instead he deferred sentence for one year for good behaviour and added a bail condition which orders Pirrie not to go to any games involving Scottish clubs.

Sheriff Small told the accused: “A football banning order is a useful tool to control people intent on causing disorder, but would be heavy-handed in your case.

“However, I don’t want you attending games for the next year and to enforce that I’ll add the bail condition. If you try to get into a game you’ll be arresting for breaching bail.”

Defence agent Ken Bonnington said: “My client has not come to the attention of the police since this incident. It’s highly unlikely he’ll come to the court’s attention again.”

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