Watch Police Brutality in Valencia, Mestalla ticket office closed for the day

VALENCIA have closed the ticket office for the day so no more tickets will be sold for this evening’s Europa League 2nd leg match with Celtic.

There are around 7500 Celtic supporters in and around Valencia all looking for tickets but they will not be admitted to the Mestalla Stadium this evening – despite demand from the home support being hardly overwhelming.

Yesterday several members of our supporters bus were at the Mestalla and managed through one way or another to get their hands on half a dozen tickets, but we needed many more than that.

This frustrated Bhoy just posted this on social media, saying “stood in a Q for an hour with a couple of hundred Celtic fans and Valencia officials just put these up.”

Celtic’s SLO John Paul Taylor, who will be having one of his more stressful trips away with Celtic, also referred to this last night saying “Just been to Stadium. Valencia saying no ticket sales tomorrow, advice is please don’t go to the Stadium if you don’t have a ticket.”

Football without fans…

And Valencia have failed to organise with the local authorities a fans zone to accommodate the thousands of ticket-less Celtic supporters this evening. JP confirmed this yesterday stating Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to get any confirmation from Valencia or local Police regarding a Fanzone so this does not look like this going to happen, best advice if you do not have a ticket find a friendly bar showing the match.”

The problem of course with finding a friendly bar is that they rapidly become unfriendly with armed and aggressive Spanish Police arrive and start smashing up the joint, hitting Celtic supporters with their batons and firing rubber bullets at our supporters in these totally unprovoked attacks on our supporters.

“Last night was like Amsterdam all over again,” one supporter noted. One Spanish witness commented on the Police violence in Valencia last night: “I am spanish , and unfortunately these police actions are normal in Spain hit, insult and commit abuses all types and they have been lucky because that have not fired rubber bullets, we have the most violent police of Europe, hopefully they will act as in uk.”

Fans Europe, part of Football Supporters Europe (FSE) is an independent, democratic, non-profit association of football fans with members in 40 UEFA nations, was actively monitoring the Police violence last night.

“We are closely monitoring the situation in Valencia,” they stated.

“Some advice:
1. Record everything
2. If you are a victim of police violence, press charges immediately
3. Contact us via DM if you need legal representation. We can put you in touch with Valencia-based specialist lawyers.”

Another Spanish eye witness, Ana Fernandez, posted this on Twitter, which is translated roughly as follows:

“Shameful Performance by The national Police in the Gran Via D Valencia with the followers of the Glasgow, and with the pedestrians. I was shoved in the hand, shouted in the face without respect and a lot of testosterone when I tried to go home. This is the police that takes care of me? I’ve felt scared.”

And it didn’t take long for those rubber bullets discussed above to make an appearance last night, as reported by FAC.

“Spanish police now firing rubber bullets at crowds of Celtic supporters. Despicable beyond description. We urge all fans to stay safe. This clip will disgust any right minded person.”

This young Celtic supporter, who seems to be walking away from the pursuing baton bashing Valencia Police turned and said to the state funded bully, “That’s twice you’ve hit me with that baton”…

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