A NOTW chilling investigation has discovered that rival firms of soccer thugs are organising bloody battles north and south of the border. And specialist police groups are now tracking the worst offenders in a bid to halt the bloodshed.
A senior officer instructed us: “Casuals by no means went away. Lots of them at the moment are second-time-round hooligans. “We’re seeing married DADS getting tooled up and going out with the only intention of causing hassle.”
In August, we instructed how a Russian fan was knocked out by a flying brick throughout operating battles in the centre of Glasgow between Celtic and Dinamo Moscow fans forward of a Champions League qualifier at Parkhead.
And on Thursday, scores of hardened Austrian thugs squared as much as Scots yobs before Rapid Vienna’s hate-filled Europa Cup clash.
But our police insider revealed that Celtic are not seen as main gamers in the casuals league of disgrace. The hooliganism knowledgeable advised us: “Celtic haven’t got an organised group of casuals – the club’s Actual supporters turned on them a very long time in the past.
“However Rangers can muster a good-sized firm, as Chaussures can Hibs. And these guys are not simply from Glasgow and Edinburgh but across the Central Belt and past.
“Aberdeen do not seem to have as many casuals as they did within the ’80s, but Motherwell still have them, as do a few of the smaller teams like Partick and Airdrie.
“And there is rivalry between teams from St Johnstone and Dundee United – that means potential for violence in the Tayside derbies.
” Our insider mentioned that as much as 500 neds have up to now been identified as linked to organised soccer violence. He added: “Once you add to that the hangers-on who additionally get involved, the number goes up considerably. We’re working to establish high- danger individuals concerned.”
Already this yr there have been a series of violent clashes between football neds in Scotland and England. In BOLTON, a 50-sturdy Hibs crew – dubbed Capital City Service – battled with English casuals at a shopping centre in the Lancashire town forward of a pre-season friendly in August.
Cops are nonetheless looking the brawling thugs who terrorised buyers and smashed store home windows.
And a gaggle of Rangers Inter City Firm casuals had been collared in April as they headed by train for NEWCASTLE – where they’d deliberate to team up with Chelsea yobs for a pre-organized battle with native Tyneside hooligans. Cops swooped and located one of many ICF leaders carrying a bag of drugs. He was arrested – and his fellow thugs had been despatched back to Scotland by British Transport Police (BTP).
Last yr’s UEFA Cup final riot in Manchester, which noticed lots of of Rangers casuals rampage via the town’s streets, also strengthened the grim popularity of the ICF.
But our police source revealed that the senseless soccer yobs are simply as all in favour of Trend as fighting. He defined: “Manufacturers resembling Fila, Sergio Tachini, Stone Island, Evisu and Burberry are becoming more prevalent amongst travelling followers.
“And a few groups even have their very own favourite designers. “For example, Dundee casuals tend to favour Burberry, whereas others go for Stone Island, Prada or Evisu. Casuals can easily be noticed by the clothes they wear.”
BTP Chief Constable Andy Trotter said: “We all know soccer hooliganism has by no means gone away. We’ve got observed a yr-on- 12 months improve in arrests across Scotland.”
And BTP Constable Stephen Hughes added: “We all know a minority of so-referred to as supporters are extra intent in engaging in disorder than watching football. “There is a free circulate of intelligence and knowledge between BTP and other forces.