Police praise Celtic fans' 'outstanding behaviour'

Police praise Celtic fans' 'outstanding behaviour'

Post by Paul » Sat, 24 May 2003 21:14:08


Daily Telegraph

Police applaud good behaviour of Celtic army
By Auslan Cramb
(Filed: 23/05/2003)

The tens of thousands of disconsolate Celtic fans, who flew home
yesterday after watching their team lose to Porto in the Uefa Cup
Final, have been praised by Spanish and Scottish police for their
"outstanding" behaviour.

According to the latest estimates, more than 70,000 fans travelled to
the match, but no arrests were made before or after the game in
Seville on Wednesday night.

A downbeat Martin O'Neill walks past the UEFA Cup
After a party that began at the weekend and brought the Spanish city
to a standstill before the match, a spokesman for the British
consulate in Andalucia said the supporters were "consummate
ambassadors for Scotland".

Assistant Chief Constable Ricky Gray, of Strathclyde Police, added:
"We have been in close contact with our officers who are out in
Seville, and they have confirmed that there have been no arrests of
Celtic fans overnight.

"Despite the teams' defeat and the lengthy delays at the airport, the
supporters have been fantastic. The comment from the consulate is
brilliant praise for thousands of supporters facing a long journey
home."

Jack McConnell, the First Minister, said the result was deeply
disappointing for everyone in Scotland but added: "The team showed
great sportsmanship and I believe that Celtic and their fans put
Scottish football back on the map of Europe."

Around 16,000 supporters passed through Glasgow airport alone
yesterday, making it the busiest day in its history.

Despite losing 3-2 in extra time, some fans who were too young to
remember Celtic's victory in the European Cup in 1967, described it as
the best day of their lives.

John Stevenson, 24, of Croftfoot, Glasgow, said: "It's a big
disappointment, but we played well and Porto played well too. The
atmosphere was superb, and none of us will ever forget it."

While most of the supporters were flying back to UK and Irish airports
from Spain and Portugal, many expatriate Celts were facing long
journeys home to destinations including Australia, New Zealand,
America and the Far East.

--
Paul

 
 
 

Police praise Celtic fans' 'outstanding behaviour'

Post by Real Mardi » Sat, 24 May 2003 21:24:41

Yes, well done Celtic fans for behaving yourselves outside the ground.

Though the whistling of Porto as they lifted the UEFA Cup really was quite
distasteful.....

 
 
 

Police praise Celtic fans' 'outstanding behaviour'

Post by Robbi » Sat, 24 May 2003 21:32:50



Quote:
> Yes, well done Celtic fans for behaving yourselves outside the ground.

> Though the whistling of Porto as they lifted the UEFA Cup really was quite
> distasteful.....

What's worse?

Singing pro-IRA songs, football hooliganism or whistling Porto?

 
 
 

Police praise Celtic fans' 'outstanding behaviour'

Post by Seán McAndre » Sat, 24 May 2003 22:49:18


Quote:
> Yes, well done Celtic fans for behaving yourselves outside the ground.

> Though the whistling of Porto as they lifted the UEFA Cup really was quite
> distasteful.....

Porto fans didn't do themselves any favours by whistling Martin O'Neill
collecting his medal, just prior to their team going up.
 
 
 

Police praise Celtic fans' 'outstanding behaviour'

Post by steve » Sun, 25 May 2003 11:02:49

paulc posted:

Quote:
>Police applaud good behaviour of Celtic army

So just like Liverpool then in 2001 - without the media lovefest or the booing
of the opposition ...... ;)

steve d

PS 70,000 still seems to me to be a wildly over the top estimate after being in
the city for 5 days.

 
 
 

Police praise Celtic fans' 'outstanding behaviour'

Post by Victoria Barret » Sun, 25 May 2003 11:19:04


Steve! Tell us your thoughts on the Celtic-Porto game please.

RSS has been deluged with posts pro-and-con, and it could do with a
little first-hand observation.