Rangers fan cleared of trying to set alight flag to provoke opposition fans

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Rangers fan cleared of trying to set alight flag to provoke opposition fans
Rangers fan cleared of trying to set alight flag to provoke opposition fans

A RANGERS fan was cleared of trying to set alight the flag of a Welsh team to provoke opposition fans.

Andrew Watt, 31, was said to have conducted himself in a disorderly manner at Ibrox Stadium on November 16 2019.

The Rangers Colts team were hosting Wrexham in the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup at the time.

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Prosecutors claim Watt was in possession of an opposition flag.

The charge stated he made attempts to ignite the flag and wave it in a provocative manner at the Wrexham fans.

Watt was then alleged to have resisted, obstructed or hindered a police officer after being arrested and taken into custody.

Watt denied the charges at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Co-accuseds Lloyd Cross, 30, of the city’s Kings Park, William Cross, 61, of Croftfoot, and Christopher Stewart, 26, of Pollok, appeared in the dock with Watt, of Rutherglen.

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The trio faced a separate charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at the same time and place.

It was claimed the trio behaved aggressively towards police officers and pushed them as well as other members of the public.

The men were said to have shouted and swore, stood on seats, as well as attempted to strike PC Stephen Begg on the body.

Lloyd Cross was further accused of assaulting PC Lukas Erhardt by seizing his body and armour before pushing him to the ground.

All men were acquitted after prosecutor Heather Naismith pulled the charges against them on the second day of trial.

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