Jim McGovern calls for investigation after Amsterdam football disorder
28 November 2013
Dundee West MP Jim McGovern has called on the Foreign Office to investigate claims made by Celtic F.C. fans that they were subjected to an unprovoked attack by plain-clothed Dutch police officers while they were in Amsterdam for the Champions’ League match against Dutch side Ajax.
A number of Dundee West constituents have contacted the MP to claim that they were attacked by the Dutch police while they were in the city over Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th November 2013.
They allege that this attack went on to fuel the disorder that was subsequently reported in the press.
Mr McGovern placed before the House of Commons on Wednesday 27th November an Early Day Motion calling for the investigation and for the British government to raise the matter with their Dutch counterparts.
Jim McGovern said:
“Football violence in any form is entirely reprehensible. While troublemakers ought to be dealt with appropriately it is vital that police forces act in a fair and even handed manner.”
“These accusations that plain clothed Dutch police officers carried out an unprovoked attack on British citizens needs to be taken seriously by the Foreign Office and the Dutch government”
“I have called on the Foreign Office to raise this matter with their Dutch counterparts.
"It is important that we get to the bottom of what actually took place in Amsterdam and that justice is done.”
Mr McGovern concluded :
“British football fans ought to be able to travel throughout Europe to enjoy watching their teams play confident that they will be kept safe by the host countries.
"I hope the British government agrees and that they will investigate these serious accusations.”
The text of Jim McGovern’s Early Day Motion reads :
DISORDER IN AMSTERDAM (CELTIC FC V AJAX)
That this House asks the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to investigate claims made by Celtic FC fans that they suffered an unprovoked attack by plain-clothed Dutch police officers while in Amsterdam on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 November 2013, which they allege sparked further disorder from fans of both teams; acknowledges that football violence is reprehensible; and asks that the Government raises the matter with the Dutch government and ensures it does all it can to protect British football fans while they are overseas and works with the UK's European neighbours to ensure good conduct by police forces during international sporting events.