Scottish Fans 'Attacked By Hooligans' In Kiev

KIEV, Ukraine -- Several Scotland supporters have been injured after being set upon by a gang of local hooligans in Ukraine.

Scottish fans pass through Kiev's Independence Square, where the violent scenes took place.

Fans said up to 300 local youths launched an "unprovoked" attack on members of the travelling Tartan Army in Kiev ahead of tonight's Euro 2008 qualifying match.

The Scottish Football Association said several Scots suffered broken bones and cuts following the disturbance in the city's Independence Square.

The exact number of supporters involved is unknown. Approximately 3,000 Scottish fans are in Kiev for tonight's match.

"The Scotland fans were absolutely magnificent, in that they did not react to the violence or provocation," said Derek Kirkwood, security adviser to the SFA. "They chose to walk away from the scene rather than get involved, and their behaviour was exemplary."

But the footballing authority has warned Scottish fans in the country to remain on their guard. "Following the incident, which was entirely unexpected, the SFA have advised fans to be careful in the city and to avoid any possible further provocation," read a statement.

A spokesman for the British Embassy in Kiev said he had heard about trouble in Independence Square, but did not know how many people were involved. He was not aware of anyone who needed hospital treatment.

Travelling fan Simon Johnston, a committee member of the Association of Tartan Army Clubs, was in Independence Square at the time of last night's trouble.

He said around 300 Scots were enjoying themselves in the square at about 9.30pm local time when they were suddenly targeted by a similar number of chanting locals.

"It was a big group of Ukrainians, about 300 of them," said Johnston. "They came out of nowhere from down a side street and all piled in. All the Scots scarpered, but a few guys, I think, got caught up. We heard there were ambulances there."

Strathclyde police have a senior officer in Ukraine, but he is not thought to have been in the area of last night's trouble.

Source: Guardian Unlimited


Anonymous said…
Where in the hell was the local militia when guests to our city where being attacked?

Nice going Minister Lutsenko!
Anonymous said…
So you like attacking middle aged and old men having a bit of a jolly.

Payback is a bitch
Anonymous said…
as a irish guest in kiev manny times i would hope that this is not the future we see
as kiev was always such a frienly
open place to visitors to there city