Fine and ban for racist comments

Jordan Tapping was racially abused at Balmoor.
Jordan Tapping was racially abused at Balmoor.

A 19-year-old man has plead guilty to shouting a racially offensive comment during Peterhead FC’s League Two clash with East Stirlingshire.

Donnie Fraser, of Ives Road Peterhead, has been ordered to pay East Stirling’s Jordan Tapping £300 in compensation after shouting abuse at the Shire defender

Fraser has also been issued with a 12-month football banning order.

In sentencing Fraser, Presiding Sheriff Alison Stirling said: “It is obviously a terrible offence and an unacceptable way to behave.”

Sheriff Stirling took into account the fact Fraser admitted his guilt immediately after he was arrested at his workplace yesterday.

Fraser, who began work at a fisheries firm in the town on Monday, was described by his defence agent Garry Sturrock as ‘an avid Peterhead supporter’ who has not missed a game at Balmoor this season.

Mr Sturrock, who told the court his client has been vilified by the local and national media in the past few days, said: “He tells me it was a spur of the moment remark following remarks of others.

“Mr Fraser has asked to tender his embarrassment and apologises both to the player involved and also for the embarrassment it has caused his own team.”

Although the football banning order handed down by Sheriff Stirling is for a period of 12 months, the Scottish Professional Football League may still impose a lifetime ban.

Fraser, who has admitted to anger management issues, has no previous convictions.