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Copenhagen player and steward charged over police ‘assault’ at Parkhead

The incident came as the Danish club played Celtic in the Europa League on Thursday night.

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FC Copenhagen’s Michael Santos scored in the match at Celtic Park (Jeff Holmes/PA)

FC Copenhagen’s Michael Santos scored in the match at Celtic Park (Jeff Holmes/PA)

FC Copenhagen’s Michael Santos scored in the match at Celtic Park (Jeff Holmes/PA)

A player and steward from FC Copenhagen have been charged over an alleged assault on a police officer during the club’s Europa League match with Celtic.

Michael Santos, who scored in the 3-1 victory at Celtic Park, and the steward were spoken to by Police Scotland, according to the Danish club.

Footage from the televised game appeared to show an incident involving another Copenhagen goalscorer, Pep Biel, in which the club say he was grabbed by “an official”.

Copenhagen said a steward “tried to prevent a clash” before being taken away by officers, with Santos also speaking to police. Both have since been charged over the incident.

A statement on the Danish club’s website said: “After Pep Biel’s 2-1-goal at Celtic Park there was turmoil in front of the FCK fan section after an official grabbed Pep Biel during the celebration.

“One of our stewards tried to prevent a clash and was led away and talked with Scottish police.

“Michael Santos also talked with the police, who subsequently have charged them both.

“They travelled home with the team, and we are now waiting to see if the Scottish police will pursue the case. We will co-operate if they want more information from the club.

“Those involved are not going to comment on the episode.”

We can confirm two males aged 42 and 26 were charged and a report will be made to the procurator fiscalPolice Scotland

Eight fans were also arrested at the game in Glasgow on Thursday night.

Six of those were home fans while two were travelling supporters.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman told the PA news agency: “Eight arrests were made at the Europa League fixture between Celtic and Copenhagen last night.

“Six home and two away supporters were detained over minor disorder offences.

“In connection with an assault, we can confirm two males aged 42 and 26 were charged and a report will be made to the procurator fiscal.”

A Crown Office spokesman said: “The procurator fiscal has received a report concerning a 26-year-old male in relation to an alleged incident in Glasgow on February 27 2020.

“The report remains under the consideration of the procurator fiscal.”

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