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VIOLENCE IN STOCKHOLM: CELTIC BLAME ROGUE SWEDISH FANS

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CELTIC made a complaint to UEFA bosses BEFORE last night’s trouble during the 4-1 Europa League play-off victory over AIK Stockholm at the Friends Arena.

Concerned Hoops officials made contact with Europe’s ruling football body to raise concerns about Swedish hooligans infiltrating the section housing the travelling support.

They blamed pyrotechnics and violence before the game and at half-time on rogue Hammarby fans.

Facing the potential for another UEFA punishment when up to eight flares were ignited before kick-off and punches were exchanged between stewards, police and supporters, the club issued a statement.

It read: “Celtic were concerned that AIK sold to locals in their section. It was clear many Hammarby fans were in the Celtic sections and this was raised by Celtic officials before the match.

“A lot of Swedish fans managed to infiltrate the away section which we believe was a major factor in the issues which arose, there was a lack of control at the access points to the Celtic section.”

AIK were hammered with an £82,500 fine by UEFA following trouble during their Champions League qualifier with Maribor earlier this month.

They were eliminated on away goals, despite winning 3-2 in Stockholm.

Home fans stormed the Maribor section of the stadium which brought £60,000 penalty plus another £22,500 for the use of pyrotechnics and throwing objects on to the pitch during the match.

 
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