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Man who filmed racist Scott Sinclair chant spared jail

Robert Anderson, 27, recorded himself singing about the Celtic forward in Glasgow pub.

Sinclair: The winger was targeted in chant.
Sinclair: The winger was targeted in chant. SNS Group

A man who was arrested after filming himself chanting racist abuse about Celtic winger Scott Sinclair has been spared jail.

Robert Anderson from Tollcross handed himself into police after the video went viral on social media.

The 27-year-old has told to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work in a community payback order after appearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

He had earlier admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by repeatedly uttering an abusive, sectarian and racial remark on May 21.

Anderson filmed himself on a mobile phone as he walked through McChuills pub in Glasgow as Celtic fans were celebrating clinching an invincible season with a final-day victory over Hearts.

In the 22-second clip he was seen chanting the racist abuse aimed towards Sinclair, who was named Scotland's Player of the Year.

The court was told that someone unknown to Anderson posted the video on social media.

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It's not the first time the former Aston Villa, Manchester City and Team GB player has been targeted during his first year in Glasgow.

At an Old Firm match in April, Rangers fan Paul Kenny, of Girvan in South Ayrshire, was caught on camera making a monkey gesture towards the player after he opened the scoring during the Parkhead side's 5-1 win.

Then, in May, a photo shared to social media, featuring a young child at a zoo, compared Sinclair to a drawing of a monkey.

The 28-year-old Celtic player hit out at the abuse at the time, saying that he was "absolutely disgusted".

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