Former Celtic legend Alan Thompson has spilled the beans about a half-time fight which took place in the UEFA Cup Final against Porto in 2003.
Thompson revealed that the player were so incensed that the referee hadn’t clamped down on the diving by Jose Mourinho’s side, that they took matters into their own hands.
“The players, the referee, rolling around and the referee not really pulling them up on it” he said, whilst appearing on Si Ferry’s Open Goal show.
“There was a big barny at half-time which I started actually. A couple of the players kicked off but then it all ended up a little bit messy.”
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He also revealed an incident involving a bottle of Lucozade and the current Manchester United boss.
“I’ve got a big bottle of Lucozade and I’ve given it one of them, all over Mourinho”.
Thompson provided an assist for Henrik Larsson’s second goal on the night, which the Hoops eventually lost 3-2 after extra time.
Football Insider verdict
The game will certainly live long in the memory of Hoops fans, who saw their side battle hard but ultimately lose out on the night. Anyone who watches the game will remember that Porto did seem to dive fairly regularly throughout the final. It was no surprise when the Hoops were reduced to 10 men in extra time, with Bobo Balde being sent-off. Despite the defeat, 80,000 Hoops fans travelled to Seville for the final, in what was the Bhoys’ first European final since 1970. Even though they lost on the park, off the park the trip was a massive success. Unfortunately for the Hoops, they then lost the league title to Rangers on goal difference only four days later, Ironically enough, Alan Thompson missed a penalty against Kilmarnock which could have swung the title race in the Hoops’ favour but it was not to be. Still, a very memorable season for the Hoops, perhaps one of the most exciting in the club’s history.
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