Ex-Hibs casuals fight Leeds fans in Benidorm

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FORMER Hibs casuals on holiday in Benidorm to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Capital City Service (CCS) were attacked by hooligans linked with Leeds United.

Around ten of the veterans – who were wearing T-shirts and hats emblazoned with ‘30 Years On Top’ – were left bloodied after being set upon by the rival firm in the Spanish resort.

Outnumbered three to one by the Leeds thugs – who were on a stag do and bumped into them by chance – the Hibs contingent were assaulted after their CCS clothing was spotted.

Aged from their 30s to 50s, the men were among up to 150 past and present CCS members who travelled to Benidorm to mark the anniversary of the hooligan firm, formed in 1984.

After the attack, around 70 of the CCS group spent several hours searching for the Leeds faction across Benidorm to exact revenge, but failed to find them.

Shocked holidaymakers described seeing police and ambulances swarming around the area following the violence, which erupted on Friday night.

Most of the Hibs group had not been actively involved with CCS for a number of years.

Sources said they had travelled to the Costa Blanca on a “jolly” to watch the Champions League final on Saturday night between Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid.

Of the ten caught up in the brawl, it is believed most suffered minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.

It is understood at least one Hibs fan was arrested following the melee, but that could not be confirmed by the Foreign Office or Spanish police.

A source said: “There was a very large group of Hibs fans who went to Benidorm to celebrate 30 years of the Capital City Service. It was essentially a bit of a jolly. Although there were current CCS members among them, most were older men with families and things. They weren’t looking for trouble on the holiday, but about ten of them happened into a bar where about 30 or so Leeds casuals were on a stag party.”

Another source said: “It was older Hibs guys who were attacked by this bigger gang of Leeds casuals. It looked like a bad one but they all scattered when the police arrived.”

Many of the Hibs group flew back to Edinburgh on Sunday to watch the Easter Road side relegated from the Premier League following the play-
off defeat to Hamilton on penalties.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware of reports of an incident involving British nationals in Benidorm and we stand ready to provide consular assistance.”

alan.mcewen@edinburghnews.com