A football yob caught on CCTV punching and kicking rival fans after Aberdeen’s clash with Maribor last July has been fined £1,200.
Euan Stevenson, 22, became embroiled in the ugly scenes in Chapel Street, despite still being banned from attending matches – after being involved in a brawl at Tannadice in 2014.
In the latest incident, six men from Aberdeen and 10 from Slovenia were arrested after the July 28 Europa League qualifier at Pittodrie. Charges were dropped against all the visiting supporters.
Depute fiscal Sophie Hanlon told Aberdeen Sheriff Court: “The accused was socialising in the city centre. At about 7.20pm, a group of Maribor supporters were approached by some Aberdeen supporters. An argument took place, but this was later diffused. The match took place at 7.45pm and police followed both sets of supporters. At 11pm the police were stood down.
“Just after midnight, police CCTV observed a group of 18 males at the Holiday Inn Express, the same males involved in the previous incident. Due to the number of people involved, two officers were asked to engage with the group. CCTV showed five males, including the accused, running northwards towards Chapel Street. They met another group and started to act in a threatening manner.
“The accused was seen to punch, kick and lash out at other football supporters. Both groups retreated to where they came from. The accused was later approached by police.”
Stevenson, of Cairnfield Place, Aberdeen admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner.
Defence agent Ian McRobert said: “He did not attend the match. He had been in the city socialising with friends. This matter was over in about two minutes.”
Sheriff Graham Buchanan told Stevenson: “The thing that concerns me more than anything is that you have a previous conviction for a football-related offence. You got involved in this unsavoury incident. You acted in a disgraceful manner.”
He did not issue a further football banning order because the police failed to provide the court with a list of recommended terms, but warned Stevenson it could be pursued through the civil courts.