Scottish Government condemns ‘violence, vandalism and anti-social behaviour’ seen during Celtic title celebrations in Glasgow | UK News

The community safety minister’s comments come ahead of the Scottish Cup final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park in the city on Saturday.

By Jenness Mitchell, Scottish reporter @Jenster13

Tuesday 21 May 2024 7:39 PM, United Kingdom

The Scottish Government has condemned the “violence, vandalism and anti-social behaviour” that took place in Glasgow as football fans gathered to celebrate Celtic’s title win.

Around 25,000 people flocked to the city center on Saturday to mark the Hoops lifting the Scottish Premiership trophy for the third consecutive season.

Throughout the day, the police Scotland made 19 arrests for various crimes and investigations into several incidents are ongoing.

The force said four police officers were injured during the disorder and received medical treatment.

Superintendent John Menzies said the disorder included the use of fireworks and alcohol-related offences.

Supporters were seen perched on top of traffic lights around. glasgow Cruz and Trongate.

A bus stop had people crowded on the roof, while the city council closed roads citing a “large gathering of football fans”.

The local authority had to clear a “substantial amount of rubbish, debris and broken glass”, and the cost of repairing the damaged infrastructure is still unknown.

Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken called the celebrations “depressing and unacceptable” and thanked cleaning crews for their overnight cleanup.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, community safety minister Siobhian Brown said: “The Scottish Government condemns the incidents of violence, vandalism and anti-social behavior that took place in Glasgow on Saturday.

“Any threat to public safety and any harm caused by disorder is simply not acceptable.”

Brown thanked everyone involved in the cleanup and stated that “the vast majority of fans are well behaved.”

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SNP MSP John Mason raised the issue at Holyrood, saying some residents were afraid to leave their homes.

He also claimed that a major road junction was “completely blocked” to traffic, the Tron Theater had to “cancel” a performance that night and Glasgow Royal Infirmary’s A&E was “completely flooded”.

Brown said the behavior was “absolutely unacceptable” and added there was “no reason” for a celebration to degenerate into disorder.

His comments come ahead of the Scottish Cup final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park in the city on Saturday.

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Brown said Holyrood would continue to work with football authorities, Police Scotland and supporters groups to address the issues and ensure matches are an enjoyable experience for everyone during and after the game.

He said governing bodies and individual clubs “need to consider what action they can take and how they can use their influence to help tackle misconduct”.

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The minister added that the Scottish Government has never ruled out the concept of strict liability, under which clubs can face punishment for poor behavior by their fans.

She said: “We have never ruled out strict liability as an option for football incidents inside stadiums.

“However, our preferred solution has always been for the football authorities themselves to proactively deliver a robust and meaningful solution to address any unacceptable conduct by a minority of fans.

“I understand that Glasgow City Council has held discussions with clubs to discuss organized celebrations, and I fully encourage such dialogue between football clubs and local authorities about delivering safe events for their fans that minimize the impact on the community.” .