POLICE have revealed that six Celtic followers have been arrested in Valencia forward of as we speak’s Europa League conflict on the Mestalla.
Information of the arrests got here as footage emerged on-line displaying riot cops showing to make use of heavy-handed ways towards the Scottish supporters.
A 25-year-old man from Glasgow was held on the metropolis’s practice station after officers found he had medication together with cocaine on him.
One other 5 Brits had been arrested outdoors St Patrick’s Irish Pub within the metropolis centre for public order offences.
All six had been this morning being stored in police cells forward of an anticipated court docket look and speedy trial.
Police in Valencia mentioned six officers had been injured after having bottles and different missiles thrown at him as they tried to unlock a bus line they mentioned the followers had been blocking outdoors the pub.
The identical officer was then filmed utilizing his baton to whack a shocked Celtic supporter on the legs as he tried to intervene.
A spokesman for the Nationwide Police in Valencia mentioned the pressure could be “self-critical” and take disciplinary motion towards officers felt to have overstepped the mark.
She said: “If there are officers who haven’t acted as they need to, it offers the entire pressure a nasty picture.
“The place there’s a police intervention, we all the time look afterwards on the method it’s been carried out.
“If it’s thought-about there are particular person officers who’ve gone too far, it will likely be investigated.”
Confirming there had been six Brit arrests within the metropolis up to now 24 hours, she added: “A 25-year-old from Glasgow was arrested on the practice station round 9pm final evening.
“He was with a gaggle of people that had travelled to Valencia from the town of Castellon additional north and had been concerned in disturbances on the practice which prompted delays.
“Police went to determine them and located medication on certainly one of them, particularly cocaine and crystal meth.
“The opposite 5 had been arrested earlier the identical night following disturbances outdoors an Irish pub the place round 200 Celtic followers had gathered.
“Police had been within the neighborhood of the pub. The detainees began occupying the bus lane outdoors the pub.
“Though they heeded the preliminary requests by officers to maneuver away from the bus lane, they ended up blocking it once more and as an alternative of shifting on, started to take their shirts off and shout and throw glasses and bottles on the officers after they went to intervene.
“In addition they began to hold off lamps outdoors a enterprise premises subsequent to the pub.
“Six officers had been injured within the violence together with an 18-year-old man who occurred to be passing by the world and was hit on the top.
“The followers additionally overturned some garbage bins and prompted harm to a police van.
“They had been arrested for public order offences and for against the law of offence towards public authority.
“All six males are at present being held at a metropolis police station and haven’t but been handed over to the courts.
“They’re all from the UK however I do not need extra particulars on precisely the place they’re all from.
“The accidents the officers have suffered are from blows they’ve acquired. One for example has an elbow harm and different abrasions from missiles thrown at them.”
Police went public with the arrests as Valencia confirmed it might not be promoting tickets from its stadium ticket places of work as we speak for “safety causes.”
A press release on their web site mentioned: “For safety causes Valencia Soccer Membership has taken the choice to not open its ticket cubicles at Mestalla as we speak, which suggests there aren’t any extra tickets on sale for the UEFA Europa League match this Thursday towards Celtic FC.
“Valencia regrets any inconvenience this measure, taken with the information of UEFA, the police and Celtic FC with the purpose of defending the safety of supporters, could trigger to a few of our followers.”
Celtic safety chief Ronnie Hawthorn mentioned: ”The message from the membership is that solely these with tickets ought to attempt to strategy the stadium.
“In case you have received a ticket, nice. Get pleasure from what ought to be a superb expertise. However should you don’t have a ticket, watch it in a bar as an alternative.
“It’s a commonsense strategy, one which Valencia and the International Workplace have issued as nicely.”
Many had been anticipated to reach from Benidorm in the course of the day.
A preferred Rangers’ bar in Benidorm – the Golden Final pub – was set on hearth within the early hours of yesterday morning in an assault blamed on arsonists.
Formally, solely 2,500 Celtic followers shall be on the Mestalla this night as that was the allocation awarded to the membership by Valencia.
Nevertheless, 1000’s of supporters are identified to have travelled to Spain with out tickets.