Scotland fans learn fate after abusing England coach
A Scottish rugby fan who hurled abuse at England rugby coach Eddie Jones as he left a railway station has narrowly avoided jail.
Jones was at Manchester’s Oxford road station the day after Scotland beat England 25-13 in the Six Nations in February.
Manchester magistrates court heard he was jostled by Dale Cleeton, 25, and his three Scottish friends as he headed for his chauffeur- driven car.
Initially seeking a selfie, they turned nasty – with sozzled Cleeton branding the shocked Australian a “baldy ****”.
The builder, from Edinburgh, who failed to attend court citing “ financial reasons” admitted using threatening behaviour and was ordered to pay £234.
Jones initially declined to comment, but police were called after footage of the incident went viral.
Magistrate Mark Aspden said: “This case is particularly unpleasant.
“This was a group action but was short in duration.”
Cleeton was fined £54, ordered to pay prosecution costs of £150 and a victim surcharge of £30.