Man admits Peterhead offence

A 19-year-old man has pleaded guilty to shouting a racially offensive comment during Peterhead's Scottish League Two match with East Stirlingshire.

Donnie Fraser, a resident of Peterhead, has been issued with a 12-month football banning order and been ordered to pay East Stirling's Jordan Tapping - who was substituted late in the game - 300 in compensation.

Sheriff Alison Stirling said: "It is obviously a terrible offence and an unacceptable way to behave."

Sheriff Stirling took into account the fact that Fraser, a regular attendee at Balmoor stadium, admitted his guilt immediately after his arrest earlier this week.

His defence agent Garry Sturrock said: "He (Fraser) 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 is for a period of a year, the Scottish Professional Football League may yet impose a lifetime ban once their own probe has been concluded.

Peterhead, who unreservedly condemned the weekend incident, had organised a joint-demonstration with Show Racism the Red card ahead of Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Alloa Athletic.