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Hooligans ‘pre-plan’ trouble for Scotland vs England clash

Hooligans have planned trouble in Glasgow on the day of the Scotland v England clash at Celtic Park.

Police Scotland revealed there are a number of “pre-planned” battles for Tuesday’s friendly.

The match is expected to be a 60,000 sell-out, with 5,000 England supporters travelling.

Major steps are being taken to avoid a repeat of the trouble when the teams met in the Euro 2000 play-offs at Hampden in 1999.

A staggering 230 people were arrested as supporters clashed in the stadium and in Glasgow city centre.

Chief superintendent Andy Bates revealed the friendly match on Tuesday has been given the highest possible UEFA security risk rating.

He said: “We’ve intelligence to suggest there will be some pre-planned disorder. It’s been given a risk category of CIR, the highest you can give a game.

“Over the years, England have had problems with their travelling support in particular and that is what we have to be alive to.

“We have to be on top of our game to be sure it doesn’t become a problem.

“We have intelligence that both sides will be involved in this.

“There will be an increase in the numbers of officers deployed to this game. The whole purpose of this is to disrupt any hooligan activity.

“It’s a fair assumption that some England fans will try to get tickets for the Scotland area and our operation will also be focussed on that.

“Scotland has played host to a number of high-profile international events this year and has been praised for the welcome it gives visitors.

“I will not allow our reputation to be marred by a minority who use football as cover to cause disorder.”

Scotland faced England last year at Wembley Stadium with more than 20,000 of the Tartan Army in London.

The match was trouble-free with only one arrest on the day of the game – a Scotland fan dancing naked at Trafalgar Square.


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