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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Crowd trouble flares at Celtic Nation football match

A brawl broke out between two sets of fans during a highly-charged Cumbrian derby.

Celtic Nation game trouble photo
Trouble breaks out at the game

The trouble flared about 25 minutes into Saturday’s clash between Celtic Nation and local rivals Penrith.

A crowd of 674 packed into Gillford Park in Carlisle to watch the hosts record a comfortable 3-0 win. But the result was marred by what on-lookers described as “brief” ugly scenes on the terraces.

Celtic Nation spokesman Dave Bradley said the incident was sparked by a foul-mouthed tirade from a Penrith supporter.

A Nation fan was then allegedly pushed after he asked the Penrith supporter to “tone his language down”.

It is claimed that three or four away fans then “launched into” the Nation supporter – which was caught on film.

Mr Bradley claimed a few punches were thrown but the home fan was not badly hurt.

He said: “There were just a handful of supporters involved and they aren’t segregated at this level. We built this [club] around families and the foul language was not tolerated by this man [the Celtic Nation supporter] who had his family with him.”

Around 10 members of the club’s security staff, including two who were already stood nearby, moved in to break up the fight.

Police were not called to deal with the incident and the rest of the match passed off peacefully.

Penrith club secretary Ian White was sitting behind the goal at the time of the incident. He said: “I saw there was some trouble and I spoke to Celtic Nation’s secretary afterwards and he said there was a bit of fisticuffs, which is regrettable.

“I don’t know who or what caused it but there is obviously no excuse for that sort of behaviour.”

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