Scots to stand trial in Amsterdam after Celtic fans clash with police

Scots to stand trial in Amsterdam after Celtic fans clash with police

Six Scots are to stand trial in Amsterdam after they were arrested following clashes between fans and police before Celtic’s Champions League match against Ajax.

They will remain in custody until November 21, when they will be brought back before a judge.

Twenty eight Scots were among 44 people arrested following the clashes on Wednesday which left eight Dutch police officers injured.

Dutch police said 22 of the Scots were released with fines of up to €500.

One officer was knocked unconscious in the fighting in Dam Square while others suffered broken noses.

Police said the majority of those arrested were Celtic supporters.

The Scottish club responded to claims from fans that they were poorly treated by opening an internal investigation and said that the club will be liaising with the local authorities in Amsterdam, Scottish police and the British Consulate in order to fully understand events.

A club statement read: ”We would stress that there is no excuse for any form of violent conduct.

”In addition, we have received numerous complaints from Celtic supporters in relation to their treatment in Amsterdam, which we will also investigate fully.

”There is no question that Celtic supporters have been subjected to a high degree of provocation.”

The incident came after clashes during Ajax’s trip to Glasgow a fortnight ago, while it was also reported around 50 supporters were in the Old Sailor Cafe in Amsterdam when they were attacked by a group of masked men on Tuesday night.

”Last week, our supporters were the target of missiles being thrown from Ajax supporters at Celtic Park, a night where 300 seats were damaged within the stadium,” the Celtic statement continued.

”This was followed up by an organised attack on a group of Celtic supporters in Amsterdam on Tuesday, the night before the match. We have also received numerous individual reports of other attacks on our fans.

”The Celtic travelling support has a magnificent reputation across Europe and our fans have visited major European cities over many years without incident.

”Once again the overwhelming majority of our supporters behaved impeccably.”

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Ajax last month after the clashes with police and stewards at Parkhead during the initial fixture, which the home side won 2-1.

A disciplinary case is to be heard on November 21.

When the dust eventually settles down following the acrimony in Amsterdam, Celtic, bottom of the group with three points from four games, will host AC Milan later in the month knowing that defeat will end their hopes of reaching the last-16 of the competition for the second successive season.

Speaking at the club’s Lennoxtown training ground as the Celtic Foundation announced that it has made a donation of £10,000 to Poppy Scotland, Lennon tried to put the Ajax defeat in perspective.

“It is still wide open in the group,” said the Northern Irishman.

“We have to win the next game and put the pressure on the other two teams and see where it takes. We can’t look any further than that and it is a big ask.

“But where the team has taken us in the last couple of years, we have come away from Ajax disappointed that we did not get anything from the game.

“The players have raised the bar, no one else and sometimes you have to temper that expectation.

“Sometimes I have to ask: ’Am I asking too much of them?’

“But they are talented and still have half a chance of qualifying.”

Lennon complained about having to play a lunchtime kick-off in the Highlands so soon after returning from Holland.

“I am really not happy about the timing of the game,” he said.

“I have had no time at all to work with the players. We came back from Amsterdam in the early hours of Thursday morning, we are in today but there is no chance of any players who played, doing any training.

“Now we have a three-hour bus ride for a lunchtime kick-off.

“The timing is ridiculous and then I have players away in international duty for two weeks after that.

“I know the SPFL have nothing to do with internationals but I feel sorry for our supporters, some of them who may have been in Amsterdam now having to go to Dingwall on Saturday morning and I feel sorry for the players.

“It is an entertainment business and it is going to be very difficult for them to play at their very best. So I may have to look to freshen things up tomorrow.”

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