Scottish Affairs Committee Press Notice

No 25

27 May 2008

Scottish Affairs Committee welcomes Council inquiry into UEFA Cup Final violence

The Scottish Affairs Committee has announced that it will look closely at the findings of a report by Manchester City Council on events which occurred during the UEFA Cup Final on 14 May 2008 and, in light of the report's conclusions, may decide to hold an inquiry into the matter.

The Scottish Affairs Committee was concerned by events which took place in Manchester during, and following, the UEFA Cup Final between Glasgow Rangers and Zenit St Petersburg.

Councillor Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, subsequently announced that the Council is launching a full inquiry into the failure of a screen in Piccadilly to broadcast the football match, which led to disturbing scenes in Manchester City centre.

Mr Mohammad Sarwar, Chairman of the Committee, said:

"I, like the rest of my Committee colleagues, was saddened to see scenes of violence on what should have been a night to celebrate the achievements of one of Scotland's most successful football teams.

"We keenly await the findings of Manchester City Council's inquiry and as a result the Committee may look further into events of 14 May."
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"We keenly await the findings of Manchester City Council's inquiry and as a result the Committee may look further into events of 14 May."
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Committee Membership is as follows:

Mr Mohammad Sarwar MP (Lab, Glasgow Central) (Chairman), Alistair Carmichael MP (Lib Dem, Orkney and Shetland), Ms Katy Clark MP (Lab, North Ayrshire and Arran), Mr Ian Davidson MP (Lab/Co-operative, Glasgow South West), Mr Jim Devine MP (Lab, Livingston), Mr Jim McGovern MP (Lab, Dundee West), Mr John MacDougall MP (Lab, Glenrothes), Mr Angus MacNeil MP (SNP, Na h-Eileanan An Iar), David Mundell MP (Con, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale), Mr Charles Walker MP (Con, Broxbourne) and Mr Ben Wallace MP (Con, Lancaster and Wyre)

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