Town centre was ‘like a war zone’ as football fans clashed

Trouble flared ahead of Motherwell-Celtic clash.
Trouble flared ahead of Motherwell-Celtic clash.

Motherwell town centre resembled a ‘war zone’ as football fans fought pitched battles before a Scottish Premier League game at Fir Park.

A police officer made the claim at Hamilton Sheriff Court as he described how he and colleagues struggled to keep hooligan supporters apart.

The trouble happened before Motherwell’s game with Celtic on a Friday night in December. ’Well later blamed Celtic fans for causing £10,000 worth of damage in the stadium.

PC Adrian Kelly told the court: “There was a large scale disturbance near the Civic Centre and it wasn’t the first of the evening.

“It was horrendous and I can’t think what members of the public felt driving through the town centre. They must have thought they were in a war zone. Fans were running about, throwing bricks and bottles.”

Three fans were cleared of charges under the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act.

See full story in this week’s Motherwell Times, out now.