Leeds United striker Ross McCormack has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 for illegally dumping Christmas waste in a layby.
The striker, who lives in Bardsey, was identified by Leeds City Council enforcement officers after they were called to the littered layby on the A58 Wetherby Road after Christmas.
The 26-year-old left packaging, cardboard delivery boxes and plastic bags next to bins at some point between Christmas 2012 and January 3, which was found blowing into nearby hedges and fields.
McCormack was handed a £200 fine, ordered to pay £883.25 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge at a hearing at Leeds Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Reacting to the verdict Coun Mark Dobson, the council’s executive member for the environment, said: “Our recycling centres are open throughout the festive period to specifically allow people to recycle the extra waste that’s created at that time of year. In fact, our recycling centres only shut three days a year.
“While the items in this case may have been left by litter bins with the misdirected idea that they’d be picked up as litter, this is a simple case of flytipping. Litter bins are for litter, not household waste.
“We’re determined to stamp out this kind of lazy behaviour and we will take action against those who fail to help us keep Leeds clean and green.”
After the hearing, the Whites striker got involved in an angry exchange with a Huddersfield Town fan.
McCormack is thought to have taken offence when the fan took a photo of him while at court, before the fan took to Twitter to voice his displeasure.
The fan, known on Twitter as @MattyBermingham, tweeted expletives at the striker before McCormack said: “Why didn’t u say that to my face 30 mins ago.”
He then went on to say: “Just remember I now know your face.”
The Town fan replied: “Hahahahaha I really hope young kids who look upto you don’t turn out the same #PoorRoleModel.”