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Man fined for verbally abusing Andy Goram in a betting shop

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A man has been fined £600 for shouting abuse at former Rangers, Motherwell, Manchester United and Scotland goalkeeper Andy Goram.

Aaron Laing from Dundee swore and made abusive and sectarian comments to Goram in a bookmakers in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire in January.

Laig was in a nearby pub before making his way to a branch of Ladbrokes when he heard Goram was in the betting shop.

Laing's lawyer Sam Milligan said: “For reasons best known to himself, he decided to upload it to social networking sites. This isn’t the dealings of a master criminal.”

Goram said: “I’ve never experienced anything like it, even in Glasgow.”

Laing entered the shop shouting at Goram before filming the incident on his mobile phone. He made fun of Goram's schizophrenia in the clip by shouting "two Andy Gorams".

He yesterday pleaded guilty to threatening and abusive behaviour.

Vicki Lee Bell - football liaison prosecutor for the north of Scotland - said: “There is no place in a modern Scotland for behaviour motivated by prejudice, discrimination or bigotry of any kind.

“It is the right of everyone to go about their business without fear of humiliation, harassment or abuse.

“The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service will continue to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to such offences and bring those who perpetrate such crimes to justice.”

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