War hero charged with sectarian singing at Rangers match

Five men have been charged including Richard Monteith from Shieldhill
Five men have been charged including Richard Monteith from Shieldhill

A former soldier who claimed he was a victim of discrimination by pub staff over a Union Jack on his collar has been charged with sectarian singing at a Rangers match.

Richard Monteith (36) was one of five males charged by Police Scotland today under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act.

The men are accused of singing offensive songs at the Raith Rovers v Rangers match in Fife on February 20.

It was the same night Mr Monteith alleged he was told to leave the Black Bull pub in Polmont.

Mr Monteith, from Shieldhill, did tours of Afghanistan and Iraq during his 17 years service with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and now works as a security consultant.

He claims that when he returned to the pub after the match in question he was asked by a member of staff to turn down the collar of his Hackett ‘Boat Race’ polo shirt which had a Union Jack design on the underside.

When he refused he says he was told to leave.

The pub’s owners, LT Management Services, issued a statement this week saying staff do not “discriminate” against anyone.

The other men charged with offensive singing at the Rangers match include a 15-year-old youth from Hamilton who was also arrested today, while an 18-year-old was apprehended at the game.

Mr Monteith and a further two men – aged 17 and 20 from Glasgow – were charged following post-match enquiries, supported by both of the clubs.

They are all due to appear at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Tuesday, March 24.

Inspector Alan Sheath said: “This behaviour by a misguided minority is detrimental to the entire football community and will not be tolerated.

“Police Scotland take all reports of offensive behaviour and communications very seriously and will pursue all lines of enquiries to ensure that offenders are brought before the courts.”