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Celtic fan admits invading pitch and assaulting player

21-year-old John Hatton from Belfast has admitted invading the pitch and assaulting a PSG player during Celtic's defeat in the Champions League. Credit: PA

A Celtic fan has admitted invading the pitch and assaulting a Paris-Saint Germain player during Celtic's 5-0 defeat in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

21-year-old John Hatton, from Belfast, jumped over a metal railing and ran on to the pitch at Celtic Park and assaulted PSG forward Kylian Mbappe by attempting to kick him.

It happened in the 40th minute after PSG's Edinson Cavani scored PSG's third goal.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Tesco worker Hatton also pleaded guilty to behaviour likely to incite public disorder by approaching Mbappe.

Hatton, was banned from every football ground in the UK by Sheriff Sukwinder Gill who told him: “I don't know much about football. But this was a high profile match. It was a Champions League match. It was televised across the UK.”

Defence lawyer Dan Cameron said: “The incident wasn't viewed on television screens. It was 40 minutes into the match. He was taken by security stewards almost immediately from the pitch. He had consumed a lot of alcohol and can only remember parts of the day.”

Hatton was granted bail and sentence was deferred on him until 11 October for background reports.

A second Celtic fan, Anthony Lavelle, admitted punching Hatton on the head as he was being led from the stadium by police.

“I am told that Mr Hatton is very sorry that Mr Lavelle got into trouble because of him.”

The court was told that Lavelle, an asbestos remover, who now lives in St Albans, England, has been a Celtic supporter since he was 13 and takes his nephew who suffers from epilepsy to matches.

Sheriff Gill fined Lavelle £400 and gave him two months to pay it.

She refused a Crown motion to impose a football banning order on him. Sheriff Gill told Lavelle: “You have been going to football matches for 48 years with no trouble and you take your nephew to matches.

“If Celtic Football Club wish to revoke your season ticket that's a matter for them, but, I would hope they would see sense.”

Celtic have been charged by UEFA following the pitch invasion on Tuesday night.