Sectarian chanting, fake tickets and a skirmish prompted police action at two high-profile North-east football matches, new documents show.
There was a prolific police presence when Fraserburgh played Rangers in the Scottish Cup on January 31 and when Aberdeen entertained Celtic for the Scottish Premiership clash on February 25.
The first police report obtained by the Evening Express shows 17,206 attended the league fixture, including 2,031 Celtic fans, and states German and Dutch fans were at the game, which Celtic won 2-0.
“A minor skirmish occurred between Aberdeen ‘risk’ supporters and German supporters and some Celtic fans outside the Scotia Bar in the city’s Summerfield Terrace, although there were no complaints and no arrests,” said the report.
A “risk” supporter is someone who police believe could cause trouble.
Three Celtic fans were ejected from the home end of Pittodrie stadium.
The report said: “Although only shouting and gesturing occurred, there was potential for a more serious incident.”
It added: “On 58 minutes, there was a short burst of pro-IRA and sectarian singing from a small section of Celtic fans.”
The report said no one was arrested before, during or after the match.
The match commander, Chief Inspector Murray Main, said: “The fixture passed without particular incident, which is our experience of most football fixtures in the area.
“I am aware of a very minor skirmish involving a couple of individuals outside a licensed premises, which was appropriately addressed at the time by officers.
“No complaints were made or arrests necessary.”
The second report shows 1,865 fans attended the cup game, including 350 Rangers supporters – and another 100 Rangers fans, whose team won 3-0, were locked out after others gained entry to the away end using fake tickets.
The report added: “Two supporters were arrested for acting in a disorderly manner after they had been refused entry due to being in possession of counterfeit tickets.
“The counterfeit ticket issue is a matter of ongoing criminal inquiry.”