HeadLine: ENGLISH THUGS SPARKED RIOT
The Mirror, 21/01/2002, p1
by SHAUN MILNE & GRAHAM TIBBETTS
SCOTLAND’S shame game was sparked by English soccer thugs.
The hate-fuelled riot during Saturday night’s Aberdeen-Rangers clash at
Pittodrie was planned by casuals from the notorious Chelsea
One high-ranking police officer told the Mirror: “The trouble we saw
did involve fans from England, and specifically from Chelsea.”
The headhunters – around 100 yobs, most of whom are in the British
National Party – are often recruited by other clubs for battles with
Fans in the Rangers end of Pittodrie stadium were seen making Nazi
salutes at Saturday’s game, and it was suggested some even sported
Chelsea thug Jason Marriner, 33, was jailed for six years after his
plans for a bloody pitch battle with Leicester City fans were exposed.
Around 40 members of the hated gang are thought to have arrived in
Aberdeen on Friday.
But police chiefs were tipped off about the hooligans and and had riot
cops standing by.
The chaos began during the notoriously tense fixture when Aberdeen star
Robbie Winters was hit on the head with coins and missiles thrown by
Furious Dons fans tried to get to the visiting fans’ enclosure by
running along the trackside.
Rangers supporters tried to meet them halfway but were forced back by
50 riot cops.
The match was stopped for around 20 minutes to allow things to cool
Soccer chiefs last night vowed to help police hunt down the thugs and
make them pay with lifetime bans.
Grampian Police officers – who arrested 14 fans before and during the
game – have set up a hotline for genuine fans to pass on any
Assistant Chief Constable, Pat Shearer, said: “Anyone who calls will be
helping the good name of Scottish football.”
The police Operation Consul hotline number is 01224 386868.
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