Tuesday 20 February 2018

Young boy (10) had teeth knocked out when beer bottle was thrown by football supporter

Kieran Duffy at London Road Police Station in Glasgow appeals for information after he suffered a head injury whilst en-route to the Celtic v Rangers match last Sunday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 3, 2015. See PA story POLICE Boy. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Kieran Duffy at London Road Police Station in Glasgow appeals for information after he suffered a head injury whilst en-route to the Celtic v Rangers match last Sunday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 3, 2015. See PA story POLICE Boy. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Lucy Christie

A tearful 10-year-old has told how he had his teeth knocked out when a football supporter hurled a bottle into his bus.

Rangers fan Kieran Duffy was on a family outing to Sunday's Old Firm game at Hampden in Glasgow when his bus was attacked by a group of fans, leaving him in hospital.

Kieran Duffy with his parents Robert and Amanda at London Road Police Station in Glasgow appeal for information after Kieran suffered a head injury whilst en-route to the Celtic v Rangers match last Sunday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 3, 2015. See PA story POLICE Boy. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Kieran Duffy with his parents Robert and Amanda at London Road Police Station in Glasgow appeal for information after Kieran suffered a head injury whilst en-route to the Celtic v Rangers match last Sunday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 3, 2015. See PA story POLICE Boy. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

His father Robert condemned the "coward" who threw a glass beer bottle in through the side door of their supporters' bus when it was sitting in traffic on Cathcart Road, in the Mount Florida area, on the way to the match.

Police are looking for a man wearing green and a white beanie-style hat.

Kieran, who was on the bus with his father and twin brother Declan, said: "I was scared, I didn't know what had happened.

"I looked at my brother and saw he was crying. My hand was covered in blood and I realised something was wrong."

Kieran, who required stitches, said: "I swallowed a tooth and one of them was cracked in two."

Mr Duffy, 39, said: "I would say it is a cowardly act. He is a coward.

"They are not real football fans. I am hopeful that the real football fans in that group tell someone who was responsible for this."

Around 50,000 fans attended the League Cup semi-final which saw Celtic and Rangers meet for the first time in almost three years.

Mr Duffy said they set off from their home in the Springboig area of the city in the car but as they approached the stadium he thought it would be easier and safer to get on a supporters' bus.

He said his season ticket-holder sons were "very excited" to be going to their first match outside Ibrox, and were laughing on the bus when a group of fans in the street began shouting abuse at the driver.

The door was opened and the bottle was launched inside.

Mr Duffy said: "It hit my elbow but I didn't realise the state Kieran was in.

"He was drenched in blood. If it had been two inches up, we'd have been talking life or death. It could have been a lot worse.

"He's been left with minimal scarring, the surgeon did a great job."

Kieran and his brother had been looking forward to the match ever since the draw, he said.

"Minutes before, they had been laughing on the bus, they couldn't wait. We were almost there and then it all just changed in an instant.

"I was on the ground, just about to collapse. Seeing your son in that mess, it knocked me for six, I nearly fainted."

My Duffy called his wife Amanda, 38, who he said was "hysterical" when he told her what had happened.

Kieran was taken by ambulance to Yorkhill Hospital where he was treated overnight.

A total of 56 people have been reported to the Crown Office for football-related offences following the match, which Celtic won 2-0.

Police have appealed to anyone who was on Cathcart Road before the game and witnessed the attack to get in touch.

Detective Inspector Tom McKean said: "I am appealing for anyone who has got information or who has witnessed this to come forward and help us out, regardless of what football team you support.

"Any right-minded person would see that this is completely unacceptable and something that we need the public's help with.

"If anyone has information contact us at Cathcart CID on 101 or confidentially via Crimestoppers.

"We know he was part of a group on Cathcart Road making their way towards the football game.

"We have taken some statements and the suspect is described as being about 5ft 11ins, heavy-built, wearing green, and potentially a white hat.

"He rejoined the group he was part of after the incident and made his way towards Hampden Park."

Eastbank Primary pupil Kieran, who has ambitions to become a footballer himself, said the attack had put him off attending matches "a wee bit".

His father said: "I realise these things don't happen every day, but we'll stick to games at Ibrox for now.

"It's one guy that's shamed everybody in the group. The kids should be there, these guys should not. He's a coward to me.

"I would rather it (the bottle) had hit me.

"One minute I'm angry, the next I'm delighted because it could have been a lot worse."

Mr Duffy said an online fundraiser for Kieran set up by a Celtic supporter was a "very kind gesture".

Fans of both teams have been donating up to £100 a time to the fund, which has already raised almost £2,000.

A GoFundMe page set up by Rod Lee reads: "As a Celtic supporter I am ashamed of the actions of one of our own. I'm sorry this has happened, and on behalf of Celtic supporters we stand ashamed and angry."

One donor named Glen Masson wrote: "Hopefully it will go a long way to restoring the lad's faith in football and not keep him away in the future."

The fundraising page can be found at http://www.gofundme.com/lagusk.

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