On Saturday night, November 23rd, 40 people returning to Northern Ireland from a football game in Scotland were removed from a Stena Line ferry for unruly behaviour after the vessel’s master called the police. Three of them were arrested for public order offences.
The passengers boarded the ferry at the town of Cairnryan, Scotland for a sailing to Northern Ireland. Reportedly they were returning to Belfast from a football match between Celtic and Livingston at the Parkhead stadium in Glasgow.
A Stena spokesperson told the media that “following an unacceptable level of behaviour from football fans onboard the Stena Line vessel, due to depart Cairnryan at 11pm on Saturday November 23rd to Belfast, the captain called police in Cairnryan for assistance to escort the group off the ship before sailing”.
The police intervention resulted in several arrests and an overnight stay for the full party.
Police Scotland said that “all 40 later sailed on the 0600 hours ferry on Sunday morning without issue.”