Belfast Telegraph

Odyssey club owners will not shut early over Old Firm riot

By John Kerr

Club owners at the Odyssey complex have decided not to close early for the next two Sunday nights.

The move was suggested by police after sectarian clashes outside the venue last Sunday night.

Nine people were arrested in the clashes between around 100 people at the entrance to the Odyssey Complex in the east of the city in the early hours of Monday.

The disturbance, which saw a 28-year-old woman taken to hospital with face injuries, was triggered after rival groups started chanting sectarian slogans following the Rangers v Celtic clash in the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday. Two women and seven men were arrested. They are all aged between 18 and 23.

All have been subsequently released pending police reports to prosecutors.

Meanwhile, police have apologised for not making details of the riot public earlier.

Details of the incident only emerged yesterday, prompting questions to the PSNI why they had not released information to the media.

A police spokeswoman said: “We apologise that details were not released to the media at an earlier time.”

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