A football thug has been given a year-long ban from matches after hurling homophobic abuse at players during an SPFL Premiership game.
Hibernian fan Jordan Taylor was spotted by stewards repeatedly directing the slurs at home players during the Dundee v Hibs match at Dens Park on Sunday August 27.
Depute fiscal Trina Sinclair told Dundee Sheriff Court that police were informed and officers made the decision to arrest him.
The court heard Taylor had previously been subject to a Football Banning Order (FBO) for a similar offence in 2015 and had also served a prison sentence in 2016 for assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement.
He had also breached the peace in 2012 in another football-related incident.
Miss Sinclair moved for Taylor to be given another FBO.
Taylor, 23, of Blandfield, Edinburgh, admitted behaving in a manner likely to incite public disorder, swearing and shouting homophobic remarks, while on bail.
No specific players were thought to have been targeted.
Sheriff Lorna Drummond imposed a community payback order with 80 hours of unpaid work and one year’s supervision.
She also imposed an FBO, banning him from any regulated matches in the UK for a year.
The incident happened during the same game where a new Dundee FC lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters’ group unfurled their Proud Dees flag for the first time.
The new group is one of only a handful in the top flight.
A rainbow flag was unveiled during the game, which finished 1-1. It was set up by lifelong Dundee fan Bradley Booth, 21, along with Michael Craig.
The creation of the group was inspired by a documentary presented by former Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas, who is himself gay. The documentary claimed that football was in the dark ages in respect of its attitude towards homosexuality.
Speaking after the launch, a Dundee FC spokesman said the club wanted to make everyone who went to Dens Park feel welcome.
Yobs can get an FBO if they cause trouble at matches at home or abroad.
Getting an FBO means that a supporter is banned from every football ground in the UK and from the national team’s matches, even ones played abroad. Specific conditions can be imposed on a case-by-case basis, but must be relevant to the original offence.
Breaking or “breaching” an FBO could see an offender fined and sent to prison for up to six months.