Tuesday 24 April 2018

Old Firm violence – Young fan (10) bottled and teeth knocked out while father of four kicked unconscious

Father-of-four James Martin after he was attacked by football thugs following the Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers. His wie Laurette released photos of her husband lying in hospital and urged the public to help police catch the attackers.
Father-of-four James Martin after he was attacked by football thugs following the Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers. His wie Laurette released photos of her husband lying in hospital and urged the public to help police catch the attackers.
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The first Old Firm encounter in three years was marred by violence when thugs from both sides made a number of vicious assaults.

Celtic eased to a 2-0 victory over Rangers in the League Cup semi-final but the historic rivalry turned nasty outside stadiums and pubs.

The Daily Record reported that Rangers supporter 10 year-old Kieran Duffy was travelling to match with his dad - his first Old Firm match - when a mob of Celtic thugs struck around 12.15pm.

He lost three teeth when he was hit in the face with a bottle as the thugs stormed a minivan, while 37 year-old Rangers fan James Martin was attacked by two thugs outside a pub where he had watched the match a few hours earlier.

Doctors sedated lorry driver James after giving him a brain scan while he also suffered a broken jaw which will need surgery, broken teeth and cuts and bruises to his face.

His wife Laurette told the Daily Record her husband was attacked after he was approached by two males asking for a cigarette.

 “The other guy then attacked my husband by punching him," she said. "He slipped on ice with that punch and was knocked out instantly. The guy proceeded to kick James repeatedly while the other guy attacked Jordan.

“Jordan fought back and managed to escape and ran to passing cars for help. It just so happened his aunt was going to work and he stopped her.”

A total of 56 people have been reported to the Crown Office for football-related offences following the match.

Police have confirmed investigations are ongoing.

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