Fan dressed as Sheep catches fire

By Benjamin Zand

Sheep Man
A 24 year-old football fan suffered severe burns in his sheep fancy dress due to a suspected firework incident on an Arriva train (Courtesy of the BBC)

A 24 year-old football fan on a train in Fife suffered severe burns to his arms and legs as a practical joke turned into a nightmare.

Fans of Scotland’s SPL side, Aberdeen, claimed the man ran ablaze through the carriages whilst people sprayed beer on him to try and tame the flames. Another man was reported to be injured, but only slight injuries occurred.

The train, which was headed to Aberdeen from Edinburgh, was forced to stop at Kirkcaldy at around 1900 GMT on Saturday to allow the victim to be treated.

A spokesman from the British Transport Police said, “The British Transport Police can confirm that a male has been arrested and another is assisting with inquiries following a serious incident on board a train in the Kirkcaldy area of Fife. The British Transport Police are treating the incident very seriously and investigations are currently ongoing.”

It is thought the incident was a result of a prank involving a firework.

The train was holding a large number of Aberdeen fans, who were traveling home after their defeat to Edinburgh situated side Hibernian. Aberdeen, who are notoriously taunted for their relations with sheep, were reported to have had a lot of fans dressed in this apparel for comedic affect.

The train involved was the 1808 GMT,  Arriva cross-country train,  service from Edinburgh to Aberdeen.

The 24 year-old who suffered the burns is said to be in a serious yet stable state in a Kirkcaldy hospital.

The suspected man is expected to appear in Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Monday in relation to the case.