A SOCCER fan arrested for shouting abuse and threats at rival supporters after a match has been told to make a charity donation to avoid a public order conviction.
Sean Kindillon (21) got "over-excited" when he "challenged" the other team's supporters on the street outside the football grounds.
Kindillon, of Oranmore Road, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.
The incident happened at Emmet Road, Inchicore, on March 8 last following a match between St Patrick's Athletic and Drogheda United.
Dublin District Court heard that fans had come out of Richmond Park onto the road and there was "conflict" between the two groups.
The defendant began to shout over at Drogheda supporters, "gesturing and challenging" them.
Kindillon's solicitor Joe McNally said his client had "got a little over-excited" and asked Judge Victor Blake to consider letting off the accused, who has no previous convictions.
"You are a young man who is lucky to have a job," Judge Blake told Kindillon, "and you have prospects of going abroad. A conviction wouldn't look good on your record."
The judge adjourned the case to April 18 for payment by the accused of €300 to charity.