A FOOTBALL fan who sexually assaulted an air stewardess while en route to watch his team play a glamour friendly has been jailed.

Souness Clark, of Castle View, Radnor Park in Clydebank, grabbed the woman’s breast as she served drinks on an easyJet flight from Edinburgh to Berlin last year.

The 28-year-old was among 200 Rangers supporters on the plane travelling to Germany to watch the Ibrox club play a challenge match against RB Leipzig.

Flight attendants struggled to keep control on the rowdy flight as fans shouted, swore and sung football songs while the plane was in mid-air.

And, as one female air steward attempted to serve beer to a passenger, Clark reached out and grabbed her breast.

The eastJet employee was said to have been left “physically shaken” by the sexual attack.

The “out of control” easyJet flight had to be met by German police officers after the aircraft touched down at Tegel airport near Berlin.

Clark pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an air steward on a flight between Edinburgh and Berlin on January 14 last year when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court earlier this month.

Not guilty pleas to assaulting a second female steward by seizing her by the body and to behaving in a disorderly manner by shouting, singing, acting aggressively and to banging overheard lockers and refusing to comply with cabin crew instructions were all accepted by the Crown.

Clark returned to the dock for sentencing last Friday where Sheriff Michael O’Grady QC told him he had committed “an extremely serious offence”.

Sheriff O’Grady added: “This court has to have regard to the safety of staff, and also the humiliation of staff.

“In the circumstances, I have no option but to send you to custody.”

The sheriff jailed Clark for nine months and placed him on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

Michael Gallan, defending solicitor, said Clark had “no real recollection” of the incident and that he is “utterly disgusted with his behaviour”.

Mr Gallan added his client is “an uncomfortable flyer” who had “mixed alcohol with unprescribed drugs” prior to boarding the aircraft.

Previously, the court was told there were “a large number of passengers” on board the flight when a number of fans became rowdy.

Fiscal depute Mark Keane said: “[Due to this] the cabin crew were not in a position to bring the drinks trolley to the front gallery.

“One of the stewardesses had a tray of beer for a passenger and as she passed the accused he reached out and grabbed her by the breast and compressed it.

“She hit his hand away and continued on towards the front gallery. She was physically shaken by the incident.

“She told another member of staff what had happened and as the aircraft landed she was made aware the flight was being met by German police.”

Clark was taken from the flight by police to a local hospital and subsequently charged for the offence.