Bolton slam Spanish police

Bolton have lodged an official complaint to Uefa concerning the treatment of their supporters by Spanish police during their 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.

The Trotters, who progressed to the last 16 of the Uefa Cup as a result of Thursday's stalemate, feel that overzealous security troops subjected the away support to "a number of assaults and unprovoked baton charges before, during, and after the game" at Vicente Calderon.

It is the second time in as many seasons that the behaviour of police in Spain has been called into question after Tottenham supporters endured heavy handed tactics during their trip to Sevilla in last year's competition.

With the issue obviously needing to be rectified, Bolton will now liaise with Greater Manchester police and the British Embassy in an effort to gain a greater understanding of the events which marred an otherwise successful night for Gary Megson's men.


An official statement released by the club said: "The directors of Bolton Wanderers Football Club are upset and disturbed at the apparent overzealous and disproportionate actions of the Spanish police towards our supporters during Thursday night's UEFA Cup return-leg at Atletico Madrid.

"The club's fans were subjected to a number of assaults and unprovoked baton charges before, during, and after the game, in addition to the aggressive use of police horses to manoeuvre fans towards the Vicente Calderon stadium.

"Bolton Wanderers has launched an official protest with UEFA and its security delegates, who witnessed the behaviour of the local police force, and the club is currently in liaison with the Greater Manchester Police and the British Embassy to ascertain further information.

"Bolton Wanderers supporters have an impeccable reputation and an excellent record of good behaviour when travelling abroad to European matches, and the club believes the actions of the Madrid police are entirely unacceptable."


Trotters chairman Phil Gartside also confirmed that the club will not be prepared to let the issue lie until they feel that suitable action has been taken against the authorities concerned.

"I have great sympathy for any of our supporters who have been injured by what is clearly an overreaction by the Spanish police," he said.

"Our fans gave us magnificent support on the night and this has taken the shine off what has been a momentous evening in the club's history.

"Bolton Wanderers Football Club will be pursuing the matter at the highest level and seeking an explanation from the Spanish authorities.

"We will also be conducting our own internal investigation and information-gathering process."