Boxing event in Glasgow's Emirates Arena called off after cops called to reports of a gun

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Boxing event in Glasgow's Emirates Arena called off after cops called to reports of a gun
Boxing event in Glasgow's Emirates Arena called off after cops called to reports of a gun

AN international boxing competition in the Emirates Arena was called off after reports of a firearm in the building.

Following a search on Saturday around 1pm cops said no weapon was found at the Lonsdale International Box Cup.

But the three-day event was cancelled abruptly with the firearm claim coming amid reports of widespread disorganisation from people taking part.

An official statement from organisers reads: "Today's events have not been what we set out to accomplish within the tournament for the the boxers and clubs taking part here in Glasgow.

"Actions spiralling this morning caused delays with members of the public being within the wrong area and ourselves trying to deal with everyone [SIC] questions as best we could took the tournament's direction to the wrong turn and we couldn't catch up.

"Having addressed this at 11.48am and having us relocated to a quite [SIC] room to play catch up for the boxers we had the police attend the arena with reports of a firearm within the building at 1.04pm with undercover police within the building confirming this.

"With not only one situation outstanding the absolute paramount safety of everyone within the building oversees anything wrong with the event and we collectively agreed we had the police take over to evacuate the building having announced the closure of the tournament at 2.15pm without raising further alarm and distress."

The statement goes on to say organisers "cannot apologise enough" and are "very upset" about the end of the event.

It adds: "We have never experienced anything like this and needed to take professional guidance with the alarming situation given to us from Scotland police."

The event was scheduled to take place from Friday to Sunday with sportsmen and woman coming from as far away as Australia to take part.

However, multiple complaints about the organisation of the tournament were made on social media.

Competitors posted online about not being weighed properly, fights not going ahead and competitors fighting people in the wrong weight categories.

Bluevale Community Club posted on Facebook: "Not so good a weekend at the Lonsdale MTK Global Box Cup.

"After some really bad organisation at the event we were due to have four boxers box in today’s finale and yesterday afternoon the event was cancelled with some ridiculous reason being put out on social media.

"Sad for the parents and family members who bought tickets and for the clubs who travelled from all over the world to compete in the event."

Northwest Amateur Boxing Club from Kilmarnock also added: "Total carnage at the Lonsdale MTK Global Box Cup.

"But totally outwith our control and we're as gutted about the tournament being cancelled midway through as our boxers and everyone else who attended are.

"Honestly never seen anything like it before, and we'll never be at that box cup again."

Stephaine Munro also posted about the disappointment felt by competitors, saying: "To say this weekend did not turn out how I planned is an understatement.

"What should have been an amazing weekend for all the boys who have trained so hard for months turned into an absolute shambles."

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 1pm on Saturday, June 25, officers received a report of a firearm at the Emirates Arena, London Road, Glasgow.

“Uniformed officers attended and searched the area however there was no firearm recovered.

“Following discussion with event organisers and security, police monitored the cancellation of the event from a distance.

“Enquiries are ongoing.”

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