Dundee fan admits challenging police to a fight during football clash

Dundee and Aberdeen fans 141214Football hooligans caused “widespread disorder” throughout Dundee during a top-of-the-table clash between Dundee United and Aberdeen, a court has heard.

At Dundee Sheriff Court on Wednesday, a local teenager admitted squaring up to police in what was just one of a series of separate incidents across the city stemming from the match on December 13.

Fiscal depute Trina Sinclair told Dundee Sheriff Court: “In the lead-up to the match there was serious disorder across the city.”

The court was told the trouble continued after the match. At 6pm a fight broke out in Whitehall Crescent and the accused was in a group who walked towards police, apparently in an attempt to rescue a male who had been arrested.

“They were told by police to move back — which they all did, except the accused,” the fiscal depute added.

“He became volatile and refused to move away. He was warned that he would be arrested if he continued in the same manner.

“He challenged the officers to fight and when he was arrested continued to goad them. The area was busy with passers-by at the time.”

The fan admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner by shouting, swearing, threatening violence towards police and refusing to desist while on bail in Whitehall Crescent on December 13.

Sentence was deferred until February 9.

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Original: http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/dundee/teenager-challenged-police-to-fight-during-day-of-serious-disorder-around-dundee-united-v-aberdeen-match-1.786807

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