English Football Team Hauled Off Alicante Flight By Spanish Police
Written by Cool Radio Spain on April 12, 2019
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Entire British football team is hauled off easyJet flight to Spain by police upon landing in Alicante for being ‘drunk and disruptive’
- Officers from the Spanish Civil Guard arrested 25 members of the football team
- They were reportedly an ‘amateur team’ who were flying from Bristol to Alicante
- None of the men were formally arrested but are expected to receive large fines
Police in Spain had to haul an entire British football team off a plane at Alicante Airport for being ‘drunk and disruptive.’
Civil Guard officers were called to march them off the flight after it landed so they could deal with the ‘public order’ problem the team were causing.
The force said in a statement most of the 25 members of the team were drunk.
A civil Guard spokeswoman declined to name the football team ‘for data protection reasons.’
They have only been described as an ‘amateur English football team’ who had flown to Alicante from Bristol.
The force was unable to offer any information on their ages.
A well-placed source said the 25 passengers hauled off the plane were part of a group of around 35 to 40 people connected to the club including players and managers.
Police met the plane – at the request of the pilot – when it arrived at Alicante Airport at 10.50pm on Saturday.
The whereabouts of the unidentified team today was not immediately known.
A spokesman for the Civil Guard in Alicante said in a statement: ‘Last Saturday on April 6 at 10.50pm the pilot of a plane which had come from Bristol requested the presence of Civil Guard officers at the landing bay to deal with public order problems on the aircraft involving a large number of passengers.
‘When the plane arrived officers from the Airport Security Section had to remove the 25 members of an amateur British football team, who during the flight had displayed an aggressive attitude, causing public order problems and bothering other passengers and ignoring requests by the flight crew to calm down.
‘Most of them also clearly appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.
Spanish police said they boarded the plane after it arrived at Alicante airport (pictured) around 10.50pm on April 8 and escorted the footballers away ‘to cheers’ from other passenger
‘The 25 British nationals were removed the plane to cheers and applause from the rest of the passengers and were taken to Civil Guard offices at the airport so they could be identified.’
It is not known if Spanish police made a recommendation about the size of the fine the Brits should pay in a report to AESA, the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency.
Passengers deemed to have committed a ‘very serious’ breach of safety laws can be fined up to £517,000.
The source said: ‘None of the passengers were arrested because we’re talking about administrative infractions.
‘Identifying them was easy because they were obviously all travelling with their passports.’
The Guardia Civil in Alicante was unable to say whether the team was still in Spain and why they had travelled to the country.
A spokesman for easyJet said: ‘EasyJet can confirm that the police were called to meet flight EZY6075 from Bristol to Alicante on 6th April on arrival to assist with a group of passengers who were behaving disruptively during the flight. The passengers were escorted away by the police.
‘Whilst such incidents are rare we take them very seriously and do not tolerate abusive, threatening or disruptive behaviour.
‘It was reported the passengers were drinking their own alcohol onboard. For the safety of all on board it is illegal for passengers to drink alcohol purchased in the airport during the flight.
‘EasyJet’s cabin crew are trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.
‘The safety and wellbeing of passengers and staff is always easyJet’s priority.’