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24 Years Since The Headbutt That Put Duncan Ferguson In Jail

24 Years Since The Headbutt That Put Duncan Ferguson In Jail

April 16th, 1994: Rangers were coasting towards another Scottish league title. They dispatched Raith Rovers 4-0 at Ibrox but the match was remembered for far more than the result.

Duncan Ferguson - who had signed for Rangers the previous year for a record fee of £4 million but only mustered two goals - got involved in a tussle for the ball with Raith's Jock McStay.

Ferguson turned and nutted him. Amazingly, he wasn't sent off.

Influenced by the fact that Ferguson had two previous convictions for assault, he was sentenced to three months in jail. As the court eloquently put it, Ferguson "did lunge at him [McStay], seize hold of his clothing, butt him on the head and knock him to the ground, to his injury."

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After his lengthy appeal failed, he began his sentence on 12 October 1995.

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