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Service order for pitch invader
Robert McHendry
Robert McHendry handed himself in to police after the incident

A man who ran onto the pitch at Celtic Park during a Champions League match against AC Milan has been handed 120 hours' community service.

Robert McHendry, 27, from Cambuslang, admitted a breach of the peace at Glasgow Sherriff Court after handing himself in to police.

He rushed from the stand following a last-minute winner by Celtic.

Sheriff Craig Scott took account of his early guilty plea. McHendry has been banned from Celtic games for life.

Sheriff Scott rejected a Crown motion to ban McHendry from every football club in the UK.

Sentencing, he said: "The circumstances of this offence mean that serious consideration must be given to a sentence of imprisonment.

"However, I am satisfied that in your particular case there's a direct alternative to imprisonment in the form of community service."

He added that the order would have been for 180 hours had McHendry not pleaded guilty at an early stage.

'Euphoric moment'

McHendry said he was "carried away" by the goal which secured a 2-1 for Celtic.

His lawyer Raymond McIlwham said: "As a result of this incident Celtic was fined 25,000 by UEFA.

Nelson Dida
Dida is carried off the park after McHendry ran onto the park

"Mr McHendry has received a life time ban from Celtic. He had incurred the wrath of supporters and damaged the club's reputation.

"This was not an offence that occurred against a background of rivalry and tribalism.

"It was a euphoric moment."

He added: "This was thoughtless behaviour rather than calculated and malicious."

Outside court McHendry refused to comment.

In a prepared statement, Mr McIlwham apologised on his behalf to both Celtic Football Club and to the players, management and fans of AC Milan.

AC Milan goalkeeper Dida was banned for one game after the incident.

He had been found to have breached Uefa's principles of "sportsmanship and integrity" for over-reacting to minimal contact by McHendry on the pitch.

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