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Celtic fans arrested following clashes

ESPN staff
November 7, 2013
Celtic face an uphill struggle to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages

Eight Amsterdam police officers have been left injured following a violent clash with Celtic supporters, according to reports.

The incident happened prior to Celtic's 1-0 Champions League defeat to Ajax on Wednesday night. Officers "had broken noses and needed stitches above their eyebrows and on their lips," a police statement said.

It added that "there were 15 arrests, mostly Celtic supporters. At the end of the afternoon, a large group of Celtic supporters attacked police officers in plain clothes. Eight were injured and one left unconscious."

The scenes on Wednesday followed a warning from Celtic to their supporters to be "extra vigilant" following a violent incident in a city-centre bar on Tuesday night.

It read: "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.

"The attack in the city centre by an element of the Ajax support resulted in a number of arrests.

"Celtic are urging all supporters to be extra vigilant in the city centre and at the Amsterdam Arena."

Some 12,000 Celtic fans were expected in Amsterdam for Wednesday night's match.

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