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Last Updated: Friday, 11 November 2005, 13:02 GMT
Club discipline convicted captain
Derek Wingate
Derek Wingate will play against Queen of the South on Saturday
Stranraer captain Derek Wingate is to be disciplined by his club after being convicted of shouting sectarian abuse.

Winate was fined 500 at Glasgow Sheriff Court for breach of the peace aggravated by religious prejudice after Rangers won the Scottish title in May.

And, following a special meeting, the club stated: "We are extremely disappointed that Derek Wingate has let both himself and the club down.

"Disciplinary action will be taken by the club internally."

Police had told the court on Wednesday that Wingate had shouted "IRA scum" and "fenian scum" at them outside a pub in the 30-year-old defender's home city of Glasgow.
He is a good ambassador for the club
Stranraer chairman Jim Bark

Stranraer FC announced on their website that "with the increased activity surrounding the club following Dexi Wingate's conviction, the club convened an additional committee meeting" at which it was decided to take disciplinary action.

Club chairman Jim Bark had earlier stated: "I can't say too much on it at the moment, but the incident that Dexi has been convicted of is something that is completely out of character for him.

"He is a good ambassador for the club, on and off the pitch.

"I will be hoping to speak with Dexi personally on Saturday after the derby game to get his views on the situation."

Assistant manager Stuart Millar stressed that Wingate had already trained with his fellow Stranraer players and that he would be in the squad to face Queen of the South.

"Dexi has been a model pro in the two and a half years that Neil and I have been at the football club and the manner of his conviction is something very much out of character," said Millar.

"I have found him to be an outstanding individual and I don't think there is a bad bone in his body."

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