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Celtic sued by family of Scotland fan who died at match

Nathan McSeveney, 20, from Cumnock, Ayrshire died following the Euro 2016 qualifier against Ireland.

Football: Scotland beat Ireland 1-0 in the Euro 2016 qualifier at Celtic Park.
Football: Scotland beat Ireland 1-0 in the Euro 2016 qualifier at Celtic Park. SNSGroup

The family of a football fan who died after falling in a stairwell after the Scotland v Ireland at Celtic Park are suing the club.

Nathan McSeveney, 20, from Cumnock, Ayrshire died following the Euro 2016 qualifier in November 2014.

Celtic were staging the showpiece match as Hampden had been converted to host athletics events for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Lawyers for Mr McSeveney's family said the club had "failed in its duty of care to protect" Mr McSeveney but Celtic said it did not accept liability for the accident.

Mr McSeveney was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary from Exit 33 of the stadium but died from his injuries.

Patrick McGuire, a partner with Thompsons Solicitors, said: "This is a tragic case that has devastated a family.

"It is our firm belief that the football club failed in its duty of care to protect this young man leading to this awful accident.

"The fact that they have now taken the obvious measure to make the area in question safer by erecting safety nets proves this.

"We will be fighting hard to make sure they family receive the justice they deserve."

'It is our firm belief that the football club failed in its duty of care to protect this young man leading to this awful accident.'
Patrick McGuire

Celtic expressed sympathy for the family's loss but stressed the stadium was "a very safe environment".

A club spokesman said: "Celtic Football Club has considerable sympathy with the McSeveney family for their terrible loss following this tragic accident.

"However, and while the club's sympathy is in no sense diminished, the club does not accept liability for the accident.

"Celtic Park is a very safe environment and complies with all applicable building standards.

"Celtic Park is regularly inspected and certified as safe by the relevant authorities, including an investigation immediately following the accident."

The spokesman added: "The matter is in the hands of the club's insurers and solicitors and it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time."

Scotland won the match 1-0 thanks to a Shaun Maloney goal but failed to qualify for the finals in France.

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