Scottish Soccer Fans Riot After Loss

Man stabbed, cops beaten as Scottish fans—'baying wolves'—riot
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2008 3:02 PM CDT
A police dog bites a supporter of Scottish soccer team Rangers after the UEFA Cup final in Manchester, England, Wednesday May 14, 2008. Rangers supporters clashed with police after their team were beaten...   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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(Newser) – Fans of a Scottish soccer team rampaged in Manchester, England, last night, attacking the police and civilians after their team lost in the final of a European championship match played there. One fan of the winning Russian team was stabbed, the Times of London reports; police noted 52 assaults, and more than a dozen officers were treated for injuries.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who has been lobbying to bring the World Cup to England in 2018, called the scenes in Manchester a "disgrace" and said he was "disgusted to see people misbehaving." The European soccer association is now opening an investigation into the violence, which could result in a financial penalty against the Glasgow Rangers club. (Read more UEFA stories.)