In Glasgow, Scotland, a 10-year-old boy on the way to his first “Old Firm” match, was injured when he was hit by a bottle thrown into a minibus by a man wearing green clothing, according to police.
The “Old Firm” is a collective name for the Glasgow Association football clubs Celtic and Rangers. The rivalry between the two clubs is deeply embedded in Scottish culture, and is widely considered one of the largest rivalries in soccer, worldwide.
The boy suffered a hairline fracture to his face and also lost three teeth in what police are calling, an “appalling attack.” The attack happened before the game on February 1st, while the boy was in a Ford minibus sitting in traffic close to the stadium.
He was struck by a bottle thrown by a group of men who surrounded the bus and were hurling items and obscenities at the occupants inside. The assailant and the others continued on without even stopping. The young boy never even made it to the game, instead being detained overnight in a local hospital.
Police maintained that they thought the incident was soccer related, and it appeared as though the bottle was, in fact, thrown deliberately at the vehicle, but it was doubtful that the boy was targeted.
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