Europa League: Copenhagen star sends policeman flying in wild celebrations at Celtic

Copenhagen star Michael Santos CHARGED with alleged assault on policeman after sending officer flying to the ground during crazy celebrations at Parkhead as they knocked Celtic out of the Europa League

Policeman was sent flying when he tried to break up Copenhagen’s celebrationsThe Copenhagen players ran over to their fans after scoring to go 2-1 aheadMichael Santos shoved a policeman after sprinting over to join in celebrationsSantos has since been charged for alleged assault along with a member of staff The Danish side knocked Celtic out of the Europa League on Thursday night 

Copenhagen striker Michael Santos has been charged for alleged assault on a policeman after pushing an officer over during wild celebrations in Thursday night’s Europa League victory over Celtic. 

Santos, who had opened the scoring at Parkhead, was captured by TV cameras flooring a policeman after running over to celebrate Pep Biel’s late goal.

A large group of officers were stationed in front of the travelling supporters and the altercation appeared to happen as police attempted to subdue Copenhagen’s celebrations. 

Copenhagen star Michael Santos has been charged for alleged assault on a police officer

Policeman circled was sent flying by Santos after trying to subdue Copenhagen's celebrations

Policeman circled was sent flying by Santos after trying to subdue Copenhagen’s celebrations

Police got involved after Copenhagen stars ran towards their fans to celebrate Pep Biel's goal

Police got involved after Copenhagen stars ran towards their fans to celebrate Pep Biel’s goal

The officer circled was decked by Santos as he sprinted over to join in the celebrations

The officer circled was decked by Santos as he sprinted over to join in the celebrations

Police Scotland confirmed on Friday that Santos and a member of the Copenhagen staff were both charged in connection with an alleged assault.  

A spokeswoman for the force said: ‘Two men aged 26 and 42 were charged in connection with an alleged assault at Celtic Park last night. They have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal.’

The charges mar what had been a famous victory for Copenhagen to put them into the last-16 of the Europa League.

The Danish side’s players were visibly angered by the police’s decision to interrupt their celebrations after Biel scored in the 84th minute to put the visitors’ 2-1 ahead. 

Police were seen ushering Santos (R) and his team-mate away from their fans after Biel's goal

Police were seen ushering Santos (R) and his team-mate away from their fans after Biel’s goal 

Officers attempt to restrain the Copenhagen players as they try to celebrate with their fans

Officers attempt to restrain the Copenhagen players as they try to celebrate with their fans

Santos had helped Copenhagen go through by scoring the opening goal at Parkhead

Santos had helped Copenhagen go through by scoring the opening goal at Parkhead

Biel appeared to be grabbed and swung around by a policeman and exchanged words with him before Santos ran over and sent an officer tumbling.

Santos walked away wagging his finger at the officers after the incident. 

Odsonne Edouard had levelled the score for Celtic with a cheeky Paneka penalty just minutes before Biel restored the visitors’ lead.

Dame N’Doye added a third two minutes from time to seal Copenhagen’s spot in the last 16 of the Europa League after a 4-2 victory on aggregate.

Meanwhile, police also confirmed that eight fans in total were arrested on Thursday night – six home supporters and two away fans – for minor disorders. 

Dame N'Doye (R) celebrates after adding a third to seal Copenhagen's spot in the last-16

Dame N’Doye (R) celebrates after adding a third to seal Copenhagen’s spot in the last-16

The Danish side jumped for joy after knocking Celtic out of Europa League on Thursday night

The Danish side jumped for joy after knocking Celtic out of Europa League on Thursday night

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