VALENCIA, Spain – Six Celtic FC fans were apprehended on Thursday by Spanish police after violent clashes in which fans threw bottles, drinking glasses and chairs at officers, according to police sources.
The Scottish club’s fans arrived in Valencia, located on the east cost of Spain, to support Celtic in the second leg of the Europa League round of 32, scheduled for later in the day at Mestalla stadium, home pitch of the Spanish team.
Spanish national police agents, who were deployed near a bar populated by Celtic supporters, reported that the Scottish fans charged the road from the bar.
Some Celtic fans knocked over garbage containers, while others were hanging from street light poles, according to the police.
When the police ordered fans back inside the bar, clashes erupted between the Celtic supporters and the police.
The scuffle led to a number of injuries and the arrest of five Celtic fans, with several police officers sustaining minor injuries and a pedestrian being hit by a bottle.
The five detainees are facing charges of public disorder and assaulting police officers.
A sixth Celtic fan was arrested on charges of drug possession while he was aboard a train heading to Valencia.
Regarding Thursday’s match, Celtic heads into the game at a 2-0 disadvantage, as the Scottish team conceded two goals to Valencia’s Russia left winger Denis Cheryshev and Spanish forward Ruben Sobrino in the first leg game, which was played on Feb. 14 at the Celtic Park stadium.
In this tough match, Celtic is counting on a starting line-up featuring: Scott Bain of Scotland, Jeremy Toljan of Germany, Dedryck Boyata of Belgium, Jozo Simunovic of Croatia, Kristoffer Ajer of Norway, Callum McGregor of Scotland, Jonny Hayes of the Republic of Ireland, Scott Brown, James Forrest, Ryan Christie and Oliver Burke, all of of Scotland.
At the other side of the field, Valencia’s Spanish coach Marcelino Garcia Toral decided to play: Norberto Murara, best known as Neto, of Brazil, Daniel Wass of Denmark, Ezequiel Garay of Argentina, Mouctar Diakhaby of France, Toni Lato of Spain, Ferran Torres of Spain, Carlos Soler of Spain, Daniel Parejo of Spain, Gonçalo Guedes of Portugal, Ruben Sobrino of Spain and Santi Mina of Spain.