Video shows Rangers fans clash with Danish riot cops ahead of Brondby game

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Video footage has emerged appearing to show Danish police beating Rangers supporters with batons ahead of Gers’ clash with Brondby tonight.

Violence erupted outside the stadium near the Danish capital this evening as Light Blues fans awaited the Europa draw.

We told earlier tonight how officers waded into large groups of supporters outside the stadium an hour and a half before kick-off.

It is not yet known what triggered the violent scenes.

The video, circulating on social media, appears to show a Rangers fan rushing at police and punching an officer, although it is unclear what caused this.



Police appear to knock a man to the ground

The Danish officers, dressed in helmets, gloves and body armor, then beat the man with batons as other supporters shouted their objections.

The next moment, kicks and shoves appear to target the cops before a supporter falls to the ground and is hit with a baton while on his knees.

He falls on his back as the police gather and appear to beat him more.

Rangers fans scream and swear and the next moments of the footage are unclear.



There were violent scenes ahead of the Rangers game tonight
There were violent scenes ahead of the Rangers game tonight

In the next second, many fans throw their hands in the air in apparent surrender to the police.

A disabled fan told the Record he had ‘never been so scared in his life’ during the outbreak of violence and accused police of ‘cooking children and old people’.

And Gers supporter Alan Harris told the Record he had never seen such dramatic scenes in all his time following the Ibrox team around Europe.

He said: “The problem was a complete failure of ticket control at the perimeter. Both turnstiles were supposed to open at 4.45pm, but they didn’t open the inner gate until 5.00pm.

“No wonder there was chaos. The police baton charged us twice for no reason. The fans were just trying to show they had valid tickets.

“This is my 45th trip to Europe and the worst I have ever seen.

“I can confirm that I saw a man have his glasses ripped off and another fall as the crowd was pushed back by police wielding batons.

“I can add that when the second wave of police came up behind us I was pushed aside but not bludgeoned until they formed up in front of us.”

He added: “Just to be clear, I didn’t get hit with a truncheon, but when you’re 71 it’s pretty terrifying to have the riot police right in your face and coming at you with batons drawn.”

A West Copenhagen Police spokesman said: “There was a group of supporters outside who did not have a regulated ticket to the stadium, who tried to enter. In this regard, there there was a bit of a commotion and the police had to fire batons and they were also used.In this regard we can confirm that at least one person was arrested for violence with the police.

“Before and after the episode, we sent out a series of tweets addressed to fans who did not have a regulated Brondby Stadium ticket.”

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