Scots football fans attacked by ‘balaclava-clad’ thugs as cops probe CCTV

FANS have been attacked by “20 black clad men with balaclavas” near a Scots football stadium as cops are probing CCTV.

The incident happened near Fir Park Stadium in Motherwell on Saturday afternoon.

Police are investigating disorder around Fir Park Stadium


Police are investigating disorder around Fir Park StadiumCredit: Keith Campbell – The Sun Glasgow

It was reported to have taken place around 5pm and cops were alerted.

It is understood supporters, including families, were attacked by masked thugs as they left the ground after a Scottish Women’s Premier League match between Motherwell and Hamilton Accies.

Cops have launched a investigation and a Police Scotland spokesperson confirmed they’re analysing CCTV footage.

Officers are also liaising with the Lanarkshire club as they carry out their enquiries.

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Motherwell’s chief executive, Alan Burrows, took to social media to shed light on the disrupted matchday.

He branded the incident after the match “disgraceful” and said the crowd of around 700 people was made up of “lots of women, children and families”.

Mr Burrows said: “We had more than adequate stewarding for the crowd and the game itself – with almost 700 fans – passed off in a fantastic spirit both on and off the park.

“What happened afterwards, which we have caught on CCTV, was absolutely disgraceful, but clearly extremely difficult for us to predict.

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“We are working with all the appropriate authorities, with the evidence we have, to try and identify the culprits and bring them to justice.”

One fan, who said attended the match, wrote: “I was caught up in the middle of it Alan. This couldn’t be predicted and the stewards reacted quickly when they saw what was going on. It’s the most disgusting scenes I’ve seen in decades at a match. Around 20 black clad men with balaclavas hiding their faces came at us.”

Responding to the concerned supporter, Mr Burrows said: “It was an almost 700 strong crowd made up with lots of women, children and families. It’s hard to believe what happened, but we’ll now work with the Police to try and identify culprits.”

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The spokesperson for the force said: “Following reports of disorder around Fir Park Stadium, Motherwell around 5pm on Saturday, 19 April, police have now received CCTV footage from Motherwell Football Club.

“Officers will review this footage and liaise with the club to establish the full circumstances.”

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