Racist footballer could face jail for hurling sickening abuse at a demo over Syrian refugees
Midfielder Steven Kerr, 31, was arrested at a rally following clashes between pro and anti-refugee groups
A footballer is facing jail after hurling racist abuse at a demonstration over Syrian refugees .
Midfielder Steven Kerr was arrested following clashes between pro and anti-refugee groups in Monkton, Ayrshire.
The 31-year-old was detained at the rally on Sunday, November 15, the Daily Record reported .
Kerr, known as “Kerso”, has played for Ayrshire Junior sides Craigmark, Lugar, Ardrossan and Whitletts Victoria.
It came just hours after the Paris attacks which left 130 people dead and following Prime Minister David Cameron ’s pledge that Britain would receive 1000 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees before Christmas.
Tempers flared in Monkton’s Main Street when members of the Scottish Defence League and pro-refugee demonstrators clashed over refugees being granted emergency accommodation at a local hotel.
Delivery driver Kerr – a member of the Ayr Protestant Boys’ Flute Band – was arrested and charged with behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.
He was due to go on trial at Ayr Sheriff Court this week but struck a deal with prosecutors which saw him admit to shouting a single racist remark during the incident.
Sheriff Carole Cunningham deferred sentence for reports.
Kerr will be back in the dock next month.