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
“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.