Celtic supporters travelling to the Netherlands today for the second-leg Champions’ League Group H have been issued a safety warning by the club following an unprovoked attack by an element of the home sides fans Ajax of Amsterdam.
A group of around 50 visiting Celtic fans were set upon by Ajax supporters in The Old Sailor pub in the city’s Red Light district with some of the attackers apparently wielding pick axes burst through the doors.
Witnesses to the incident said many of the Celtic fans were left covered in blood after tables were overturned and glasses thrown with one witness reporting that he heard one of the attackers shouting “Ajax hooligans.”
Another witness said that the police had shown little interest in protecting them even after the fight was reported adding that the doormen had moved out of the way to let the yobs inside.
Many Celtic fans were worried about traveling to Amsterdam following trouble during the first-leg Champions League tie in Glasgow when the Dutch fans charged the police and ripped up the seats at Park head.
Celtic won the first match 2-1 and has issued a safety warning to the 12,000 they expect to be in Amsterdam tonight telling them to be extra vigilant and to stick to advised areas for safety reasons.
Nine arrests were made after the fight last night, but the city will be on edge knowing that what happened on Tuesday could easily happen again tonight.
Dutch police issued a statement following the attack saying:
“A group of Ajax supporters went into a pub with Celtic supporters. After a short and quick attack, the Ajax fans left. Nine of them were arrested and are still in police custody. Today we will do anything to keep the groups separated.”