Tuesday, August 4, 2009



By Ron Moore, 01/08/2009

OUCHSKI! This is the moment a Russian football thug was knocked out by a brick during a fierce street battle in Glasgow this week.

Our exclusive pictures show Dinamo Moscow fans brawling with rival Celtic casuals.

The soccer war - before the Champions League qualifier at Parkhead on Wednesday - left one lout lying unconscious after he was hit by a flying missile.

The thug was later dragged away by his Russian pals before cops and an ambulance arrived.

The riot was sparked when around 20 Dinamo hooligans armed with bottles, bricks and bits of wood charged a group of Hoops casuals in the city centre.

A witness to the mayhem - which left one Celtic fan with a gashed forehead - said: "It was like a scene from the Wild West. It's amazing nobody was killed.

"The Russian thugs travelled thousands of miles with the sole intention of causing trouble here.

"The mob were screaming and they looked drunk. Some may even have been on DRUGS."

A police spokeswoman said: "We received reports of groups fighting in George Street. Officers attended but the trouble had dispersed by then. Police spoke to one fan who had a facial injury but he declined assistance."

The brawl has raised fears for the return leg in Moscow on Wednesday.

Around 1,500 Celtic fans will make the trip, even though their team trail 1-0.

Last night a Celtic spokesman said: "Our supporters have an enviable record of conduct when travelling in Europe and we would expect next week's trip to be no different."
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