James Tavernier: Hibernian fan jailed for confrontation at Easter Road with Rangers captain


James Tavernier: Hibernian fan jailed for confrontation at Easter Road with Rangers captain

A Hibernian fan who aggressively confronted Rangers captain James Tavernier on the pitch has been jailed for 100 days.

Cameron Mack admitted to a breach of the peace charge at Easter Road in March and was also banned from attending any football games for 10 years.

Rangers’ captain James Tavernier was confronted by a Hibs fan

The father-of-one, who attended the game with his father and uncle, ran from his seat on to the pitch shortly before half-time in the 1-1 draw.

He kicked the ball away as the defender was about to take a throw-in and repeatedly pushed him before police and stewards intervened.

Sheriff Adrian Cottam explained the prison sentence was ‘the only way to properly reflect society’s disapproval’ in light of a number of concerning incidents at football grounds this season.

The fan who approached Tavernier was banned for 10 years and jailed

During the sentencing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Mr Cottam said: “We must consider the timing of the offence, at a time when all eyes are on trouble at football grounds.

“Things have been building up and up and the court has to express disapproval in this behaviour.

“Despite not having previous convictions, this court has to take a strong line on this.”

Mack, who was 21 the time of the offence, was so drunk he ‘remembers little to nothing of the incident’, his lawyer said.

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Mr Cottam added: “The explanation that you were so intoxicated that you cannot remember the incident does you no credit, in a full football stadium it is an aggravating factor.”

The incident happened less than a week after Celtic player Scott Sinclair was almost hit by a glass bottle thrown from the crowd at Easter Road and two days before a Birmingham fan punched Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish after invading the pitch.

Mack’s defence lawyer, Eddie Wilson, argued that as a first-time offender he should not ‘bear the burden for the action of others that have happened over the course of the season’.