A “popular and talented” pupil at St Mungo’s High School in Falkirk is at the centre of a racism storm that has rocked Scottish football this week.
Sixth year student Jordan Tapping was playing for East Stirlingshire in a League Two match at Peterhead on Saturday when that he was subject to racist chanting by supporter Donnie Fraser.
Fraser (19), of Ives Road, Peterhead, pled guilty at Peterhead Sheriff Court today to making a racially offensive comment.
He was ordered to pay his victim £300 in compensation and also received a 12-month football banning order.
Presiding Sheriff Alison Stirling said: “It is obviously a terrible offence and an unacceptable way to behave.”
Defence agent Garry Sturrock, who told the court his client had been vilified by the local and national media in the past few days, said: “He 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.”
Tapping, from Larbert, who made his first team debut for the Ochilview club last month, was substituted in the second half because of the continuing slurs that were being hurled at him.
He was subsequently given a personal apology by Peterhead chairman Rodger Morrison.
East Stirlingshire club secretary Tadek Kopszywa said: “Jordan was visibly upset and great credit is due to his teammates and our coaching staff for dealing with the situation at the time it happened.
“I have spoken to him myself and Jordan knows that everyone at the club, from the chairman down, is there to support him and offer our utmost help and assistance in dealing with this.”
Stephen Phee, headteacher at St Mungo’s High School, told The Falkirk Herald he was “shocked and saddened” when he heard of the incident.
“Jordan is a very popular pupil and a wonderful footballer,” he said. “We have offered him our full support.
“There is no place in Scotland for racism.”