Football hooligans wielding pickaxes are reported to have attacked a group of Celtic fans in Amsterdam on Tuesday night ahead of their Group H Champions League clash with Ajax.
The attack occurred the night before the fixture, which was marred by the violence surrounding it, when an assembly of thugs chanting “Ajax hooligans” stormed a bar where the Scots were drinking.
Supporters who witnessed the incident that occurred at The Old Sailor – a bar in Amsterdam’s infamous red light district – were left in shock.
One told the Evening Times: “The doormen just moved out of the way and they started setting about people with pickaxes. We were minding our own business but this was obviously planned.”
Another added: “I think it’s a disgrace that we weren’t better protected by police. How can so many people walk about with masks and weapons and no one stops them? Even afterwards the police didn’t seem too bothered.”
A statement on the club’s website ahead of the game said: “Celtic Football Club is urging all supporters in Amsterdam for tonight’s UEFA Champions League tie with Ajax to be extra vigilant following an unprovoked attack on Celtic fans last night.”
Celtic were beaten 1-0 by Ajax – a defeat which leaves the Scottish champions bottom of their tough group and with slim hopes of reaching the knockout stages.
But the football took a back step as violence surrounding the match made the headlines.
Last night clashes between supporters and Amsterdam Police before kick-off resulted in 15 Glaswegians being arrested, eight police officers injured and one knocked unconscious.
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