Four Celtic fans were hospitalised last night following violent attacks by Ajax hooligans on three Celtic supporters pubs ahead of Thursday night’s Celtic-Ajax game in Glasgow.
Three pubs, The Emerald Isle, the Hoops Bar and Bar 67, were all attacked by Ajax supporters under an hour before the game which Ajax won 2-1.
Police confirmed that four men were seriously assaulted, including the owner of The Hoops Bar, and were hospitalised. Three other men were also attacked but did not need medical attention.
Despite warnings that elements of Ajax’s travelling supporters were looking for trouble in the run up to the game, there were claims from fans in the areas, that Police officers were nowhere to be seen.
The owner of The Hoops Bar, Neil O’Donnell – posted on his facebook page while in his hospital bed – some very graphic images of his injuries and claims that his attackers stamped on his head when he was on the ground. Also questioned the level of policing in the area.
He said: “The Gallowgate is normally swarming with cops on match day wonder what the f*ck happened to the [sic]last night!”
Police Scotland confirmed on Friday morning that four men had been arrested with minor public order offences before, during and after the match.
Detective Inspector Colin Hailstones, who is heading the investigation, said: “We are still at the early stages of this enquiry and would appeal to anyone who was in the area, who has mobile phone footage or any information that will help us with our enquiries to come forward to police.
“It would appear that this disturbance took place when a large group of men, described as being dressed in black with hoods and scarves covering their faces, tried to gain access to some of the pubs in the Gallowgate and started to challenge patrons within. This then developed and people spilled on to the street where the assaults took place.
“We have been checking CCTV in the area and have already spoken to people who were there at the time as part of the investigation for which there is a dedicated team off officers involved.
“People may think they have got away with it, but just because you may not have been arrested at the time doesn’t mean you wont be identified and caught. Any information can be passed to officers at London Road Police office via 101.”
Scotzine have sent additional questions to Police Scotland on the violence last night and will update the article once we hear back.