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Man U fan found guilty of wounding with intent

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GARETH MASTERTON did intend to cause grievous bodily harm when he maliciously wounded a Manchester City fan, the Royal Court has found.

GARETH MASTERTON did intend to cause grievous bodily harm when he maliciously wounded a Manchester City fan, the Royal Court has found.

The 26-year-old Manchester United fan was yesterday remanded in custody after he was found guilty of the offence by seven votes to two.

Masterton had been watching his team play Manchester City in the semi-final of the FA Cup in April this year at the Jamaica Inn when he assaulted Christopher Smith. Masterton claimed he was being taunted with personal, childish insults throughout the game.

He had denied maliciously wounding Mr Smith with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but had admitted an alternative count of malicious wounding.

Masterton, who has a number of previous convictions for disorderly behaviour and assault, will be sentenced on a date in January after the matter was adjourned.

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