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Celtic fans praised by mayor
Celtic fans in Seville
The Bhoys find their voices in the Seville sunshine
The mayor of Seville has praised the thousands of Celtic fans who travelled to the city for the Uefa Cup Final.

Alfredo Sanchez Monteseirin hailed the "excellent behaviour, good fun and good manners" of the supporters.

Celtic lost 3-2 to Portuguese champions Porto in the Olimpico Stadium last Wednesday.

However, the fans did not let defeat in their first European final in 33 years spoil their trip.

Mr Monterseirin registered his approval in a letter to Glasgow's Lord Provost Liz Cameron.

You should feel proud to have fans such as these in Glasgow who give their city and country a good name
Alfredo Sanchez Monteseirin

Mr Monteseirin said: "I am writing from Seville to you on the excellent behaviour, good fun and good manners shown by thousands of Celtic supporters during their stay in our city.

"You should feel proud to have fans such as these in Glasgow who give their city and country a good name.

"I would like to send publicly the congratulations of the City of Seville to the fans and, in general, to all the citizens of Glasgow.

"We hope to see you again in Seville on a similar occasion, when you will surely be luckier on the playing field."

'Party atmosphere'

Glasgow City Council estimated 35,000 Celtic fans were at the match, while a further 50,000 watched the game in a public park and bars throughout the city.

Ms Cameron welcomed the letter and echoed the mayor's sentiments.

Celtic fan in Seville
Fun in the Spanish sun

She said: "I am proud and delighted that the mayor of such a lovely city as Seville has praised the Celtic fans so highly.

"I was in Seville for the game and saw how the fans created a party atmosphere.

"The fans were wonderful ambassadors for Glasgow and maintained the city's good reputation across Europe."

Uefa said that Celtic had brought the largest travelling support ever to have assembled for a single game.

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