Earlier than a ball has been kicked in Celtic’s Europa League spherical of 32 second-leg, the headlines have been fixated by violent clashes between Spanish police and followers.
Valencia’s police headquarters Jefatura Superior de Policía have confirmed that six Celtic followers have been arrested final evening, 5 of which for disorderly conduct and one for alleged drug trafficking.
Behind 2-Zero on combination, 1000’s of Hoops have voyaged to Valencia to help their group regardless of a restricted 2,500 allocation as a result of Spanish Authorities’s Anti-Violence Fee’s “high-risk” categorisation of the fixture.
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Along with restricted help, high-risk additionally means a closely elevated safety presence. An unpleasant report on the continent, Celtic add to the lengthy historical past of incidents the place British followers come into battle with police.
Footage reveals massive teams of Hoops supporters confronting Valencia’s police power, and being unmercifully set upon with truncheons. Different footage depicts the police stamping on dropped belongings of their adversaries.
Studies have surfaced that followers as younger as 15 have been overwhelmed by Spanish police.
Valencia introduced which have closed their stadium ticket workplace over security considerations.
“For security causes, Valencia CF have taken the choice to not open the ticket workplace at Mestalla right this moment.
“Valencia CF apologise for any inconvenience that this measure, which has been taken with the data of UEFA, the police and Celtic FC within the pursuits of fan security, could trigger a few of our supporters,” the membership mentioned.
Followers with out tickets have additionally been advised there can be no fan-zone to observe the sport in.
Supporters now hand over the combating to Valencia and Celtic for a spherical of 16 spot at 5:55pm.