Manchester-Faro flight diverted due to rowdy football fans

Rangers FC fans were on their way to Seville for Europa League final.

A flight linking Manchester in the UK to Faro in the tourist region of Algarve in Portugal was diverted to France on Monday due to rowdy football fans who had to be escorted off the plane.

The troublesome passengers were reportedly Rangers FC fans on their way to Seville to support their team at the final of the Europa League on Wednesday (a match won by Eintracht Frankfurt in a penalty shootout).

Reports Manchester World, a video posted on Twitter showed one sombrero-wearing supporter being escorted off Ryanair flight FR9130 by security personnel, even before the flight had a chance to taxi to the runway.

The paper adds that further disruption in the cabin was reported as the aircraft travelled over England, forcing the pilot to divert to Nantes in Northern France, where five more “disruptive” passengers were removed.

A spokeswoman for Ryanair said: “A small number of disruptive passengers were removed from this Manchester to Faro flight on 16 May. One passenger was removed prior to departure, and following a diversion to Nantes, a further five disruptive passengers were removed and met by police on arrival.”

The spokesperson also revealed that another passenger who required medical attention onboard “quickly recovered, did not require further medical attention, and continued to Faro.”

“Following a short delay of approx. 1hr15 mins in Nantes, this flight continued to Faro where it landed safely at 22:04,” said the spokesperson, adding that “Ryanair apologises sincerely to passengers for the inconvenience caused by this delay.”

By MICHAEL BRUXO

michael.bruxo@portugalresident.com