A 67-year-old Man City fan faces being banned from football matches after he admitted chucking a pint on a police officer at Old Trafford.
David Ray, from Portway, Wythenshawe, pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker during the Blue's 2-0 derby win at the end of last season.
He appeared at Manchester Magistrates' Court and was immediately reprimanded by district judge Mark Hadfield for entering the dock wearing shorts.
When asked about his attire, Ray said he needed to wear shorts 'due to a medical condition' that causes a 'burning sensation' in his legs.
Prosecutor Samira Choudhry said the assault happened at Man United's stadium on April 24. It is understood it began with an incident of disorder in the crowd and a City fan was detained by police. Ray was among a group of fans who were angered by the actions of police. In response, the pensioner threw a pint of beer 'all over' a sergeant 'causing further disorder', Ms Choudhry told the court.
It is understood the entire incident was captured on CCTV and Ray was later tracked down thanks to the distinctive Man City hat he was wearing.Ray wore the same hat as he left court on Wednesday, when the case was adjourned.
Greater Manchester Police applied for Ray to face a Football Banning Order, which will ban him from certain geographical areas. Judge Hadfield was unhappy the defendant had not been served a full draft of the banning order before his appearance in court. Ray's defence lawyer Nnamdi Inegbu indicated he would not object to the order and added: "His football days are behind him." Judge Hadfield decided to adjourn the case to give the defence a chance to examine the conditions. Ray will be sentenced on December 19.
Judge Hadfield warned that if he turned up in shorts again he would need to provide a medical certificate, or the court may refuse to deal with him.