Celtic and Sunderland fans clash before friendly as Rangers shirt-wearing Tommy Robinson claims he was ‘attacked’ by Hoops supporters

The Sun 14 months ago

CELTIC and Sunderland fans clashed in the streets as violence erupted before a pre-season friendly this afternoon.

Hoops and Black Cats supporters fought running battles in the street as police tried to intervene.

Clashes erupted before the Celtic/Sunderland clash at the Stadium of Light this afternoon

Dozens of fans were pictured being held back by police before kick off

Police appeared to make several arrests during the disturbance

Robinson filmed himself on Facebook

Robinson earlier filmed himself on Facebook in a rant against Celtic fans

A Celtic fan was pictured bleeding on the ground during the disturbance

Smoke flares were used as tensions ran high in Sunderland this afternoon

One Celtic fan was pictured bleeding heavily on the ground following the flare up.

The North East Ambulance Service said he is in a “serious” but “not life threatening” condition after appearing to be clubbed around the head.

The clashes came shortly after former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson wore the shirt of Celtic’s fierce rivals Rangers as he taunted fans of the fellow Glasgow club.

A shop from which Robinson later posted a picture appeared to be surrounded by Celtic fans this afternoon as the former EDL member claimed he was attacked.

In the original four-minute video on Facebook, Robinson, 34, jokes about being “banged out” by Hoops fans making the journey for the pre-season match.

The EDL founder responds to recent messages he’s received on social media and discusses Hoops fans’ recent showings of solidarity with the people of Palestine, saying: “Palestine hates you.”

He adds: “All these girls who have got their cleavage out and their Celtic tops… take your cleavage, take your Celtic top and walk through Gazza and show me your solidarity, because you won’t have any.

“You’ll have the biggest shock of your life. So stop hating on me.”

Celtic fans later appeared to surround a shop from which ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson had posted a pictured on Twitter

Some fans covered their faces as they confronted rivals supporters and the police

One fans was hauled to the side of the pavement by cops as tensions escalated in the North East

Police tried to keep the opposing fans on opposite sides of the street

Riot police with dogs were called in to help quell the unrest

The two clubs played a friendly match to celebrate 20 years since the Stadium of Light was opened

He also brands the Green Brigade “muppets” before ending the message by saying “we are the people, God Save the Queen”.

The far right activist – real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon – filmed himself during a rant on his way to the city for a book signing as thousands of Celts fans make the trip down south.

Last night, he posted an image of his book – Mohammed’s Koran: Why Muslims Kill For Islam – at number one on Amazon book chart.

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