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Man charged with assault following fracas at under-17 football game in Aberdeen

Cove have been dragged into the mess by Hearts and Partick's legal challenge.
Cove have been dragged into the mess by Hearts and Partick's legal challenge.

A 43-year-old man has been charged in connection with an alleged assault at an under-17’s football match in Aberdeen.

Police last night confirmed a 38-year-old man was taken to hospital with minor injuries following a fracas during a match between CBC Hilton 2003 and Dyce Boys Club 2004 at Balmoral Stadium in Altens.

The incident unfolded on Wednesday night at the home ground of Cove Rangers FC, and a man will appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court at a later date.

Cove councillor, Alex Nicoll, said: “I understand that passions can be raised during sporting events, especially when it concerns people’s children.

“But at the end of the day there will always be a winner and loser, making it important to remain calm and ensure situations like this don’t occur.

“No-one should take to a pitch during a game or behave equally inappropriately.”

A spokesman for Cove Rangers said he was unable to comment on the incident due to the ongoing inquiry.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police were called to Balmoral Stadium at Wellington Circle in Aberdeen at around 8.30pm on January 8, following reports of a small disturbance.

“A 38-year-old man was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to be treated for minor injuries following the incident.

“A 43-year-old man was charged in connection with assault and will appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court at a later date.”

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