Violence mars Celtic match in Sydney

Eleven people were arrested — including one for assaulting

police — after crowd violence marred an exhibition match between

Scottish giant Celtic and Australian side the Central Coast

Mariners in Sydney Saturday night.

Forty-seven fans were refused entry to ANZ Stadium for

drunkenness, while another 27 were later ejected, police said.

The 11 arrests, which included two women, came as a result of

people invading the pitch as the Mariners earned a surprise 1-0

win, with the alleged offenders facing fines and bans from the


“It is disappointing that drunken louts are under the impression

they can attend these events and spoil everyone else’s night,” said

acting superintendent Mick Rochester.

“The majority of fans were at the ground to see a game of

football — not to have the match spoiled by idiots.”

After the match Celtic’s manager Neil Lennon said he was not

worried by the defeat, considering his team only arrived on

Wednesday after a long flight from Glasgow to Sydney, Scotland on

Sunday reported.

“The players condition and the quality, particularly second

half, it was a remarkable performance when you consider the week

they’ve been through,” Lennon said.

Celtic defender Daniel Majstorovic, Greek striker Georgios

Samaras, and South Korean Ky Sung-Yeung are scheduled to arrive in

Perth on Tuesday to boost Lennon’s squad in time for the second

match of the tour against Perth Glory next Saturday. Celtic’s final

match in Australia is against Melbourne Victory on 13 July.