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Bar full of football fans goes up in flames during Scotland vs England World Cup qualifier

Date Posted,June 10, 2017

Panicked pub-goers were forced to flee after a bar containing fans went up in flames during the World Cup qualifier between Scotland and England.

The blaze broke out at The Albatross following Leigh Griffiths second goal which looked like earning the Scots a shock win over their rivals before Harry Kane’s late reply as it ended all square art Hampden Park.

It is understood the fire was sparked by a flare let off outside of the Turkish bar.

Scotland fan Jordan Cooper, who was in the nearby Ibrox pub, told the Daily Record about the chaos at the scene.

The Albatross went up in flames (Photo: DAILY RECORD)
Firefighters battle to tackle the blaze (Photo: DAILY RECORD)

He said: “I don’t know if the fire was deliberate but Scotland fans were singing and celebrating in front of the pub when we scored to make it 2-1.

“Then England scored the last goal and they started setting off flares.”

Jordan, from Kilmarnock, went on to say that bars nearby, including the one he was in, also had to be evacuated.

He said: “Everyone was getting evacuated from all pubs around because the flares had caught fire to the front of Albatross Bar leading it to cause a massive amount of smoke then massive flames. The bar was full of English fans.

The blaze started just after Leigh Griffiths’ second goal (Photo: REUTERS)
England players celebrate after Kane’s late leveller (Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“I was straight across from it all and saw it. The flames also spread along some of the Manchester Bar which is next to the Albatross Bar.”

England skipper Kane ruined sensational Griffiths’ moment in the Hampden sun as his injury-time leveller robbed Scotland of a crucial victory.

Thirteen arrests were made after the World Cup Qualifier at Hampden and cops have appealed to the public to “behave responsibility” tonight.

Before the match, a 20-year-old man was taken to hospital suffering from head injuries after a “glassing” incident at Euro Hostel in Glasgow city centre.

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