A player and steward from FC Copenhagen were charged after allegedly assaulting a police officer during Thursday’s match at Celtic Park.
Celtic hosted FC Copenhagen for the second leg of the Europa League Round of 32 tie on Thursday night at Parkhead. In a stunning turn of events, the Hoops dropped the match 3-1 even after being given a lifeline late in the match.
Their loss saw an exit from the Europa League and European competition in general. FC Copenhagen always believed in themselves in that they could knock out the Scottish champions. They did just that, but the lack of sportsmanship and maturity in which they did it with will overshadow any accomplishments from what the club did on Thursday.
FC Copenhagen star Michael Santos, who scored for his side on Thursday and a steward were charged over alleged assaulting police officers.
While the the altercation is still under investigation, Sky News was able to provide some clearer information into the incident:
"“Footage 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.”"
FC Copenhagen have confirmed that the two people involved in the incident have been charged. It remains to be seen if this is totally justified. Scottish Police charged a 12-year old boy earlier this month for ‘racist’ chants that were allegedly towards Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos in another football related incident that involved law enforcement officials.
In any case, these legal issues will hang over what should have been a moment of pride and celebration for the FC Copenhagen squad after a hard, and well-fought battle against the Hoops.