Football fans face trial for ‘offensive behaviour’ at Raith v Rangers game

The alleged offences took place at the Raith v Rangers game in February.
The alleged offences took place at the Raith v Rangers game in February.

Four men accused of offensive behaviour during a football match between Raith Rovers and Rangers at Stark’s Park have appeared in court.

Richard Monteith - who hit the national headlines earlier this year when he claimed he had been booted out of a bar after the match because he was wearing a t-shirt with a Union Jack motif - was in the dock alongside three other Rangers fans.

Monteith, Jack Anderson, Craig Ferguson and Ruben Mercer, stood in the dock at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court last Thursday facing charges under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act.

Monteith (36), and Mercer (17), are accused of singing songs that “glorify terrorism and in support of a group affiliated to a proscribed terrorist organisation”.

Ferguson (22), and Anderson (16), are alleged to have sung a song that “contained offensive and religiously offensive lyrics”.

Monteith, of Shieldhill, Falkirk; Ferguson, of Bishopbriggs; Anderson, of Hamilton, and Mercer, of Kelvindale, Glasgow, all denied the charges against them.

The alleged offences are said to have taken place at the Championship clash between Raith Rovers and Rangers in Kirkcaldy on February 20 this year.

A trial date was set in November.

Monteith - a former Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders soldier - hit out last month after he claimed he was thrown out of the Black Bull pub in Polmont just hours after he returned from the match.