Hammarby fans group responds to Celtic claim

By Hamish Carton

August 30, 2019

A fans group for Swedish top-flight side Hammarby have played down claims from Celtic that their supporters were responsible for trouble at a recent match.

Thursday night’s clash between AIK and Celtic saw some unsavoury scenes in the away end as police waded in amongst supporters, and  wielded batons.

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A Celtic spokesperson laid the blame firmly at the door of Hammarby supporters who they felt had infiltrated the visiting section.

“We are aware that a number of Swedish supporters entered the area for visiting fans and we are currently investigating events. (Scottish Sun)

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“It was clear many Hammarby fans were in the Celtic sections and this was raised by Celtic officials before the match.”

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Hammarby fans group bites back at Celtic

So Celtic are clearly putting the blame for the trouble at the door of AIK’s rivals. But Hammarby supporters group – the Bajen Fans – have played down those reports.

“We have had no cooperation whatsoever with Celtic fans,” said their spokeman Kalle Strandberg. (Scottish Sun)

“I don’t know anything about it. It is possible there were Hammarby supporters there, but it wasn’t organised by us. If that’s the case, it would be about ultras or individuals.”

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The water does seem a little murky when it comes to what actually went on inside the Friends Arena on Thursday. As is often the case, the truth will probably lie somewhere in the middle of both accounts.

It does seem as if Hammarby fans were inside the Celtic section. And if the reports are true that AIK were selling directly to those in Sweden, there really isn’t much that Celtic could have done.