A British football team were hauled off a flight by police in Alicante Airport for being ‘drunk and disruptive’.
It’s understood officers in the Civil Guard marched 25 people from the easyJet flight to deal with a “public order” problem they were causing.
The team have been described as an “amateur English football team” who had flown from Bristol to Alicante, arriving at 10.50pm on Saturday.
The were reportedly met by police off the plane.
The current whereabouts of the unidentified team is not immediately known.
A spokesman for the Civil Guard in Alicante said in a statement: “Last Saturday on April 6 at 10.50pm the pilot of a plane which had come from Bristol requested the presence of Civil Guard officers at the landing bay to deal with public order problems on the aircraft involving a large number of passengers.
“When the plane arrived officers from the Airport Security Section had to remove the 25 members of an amateur British football team, who during the flight had displayed an aggressive attitude, causing public order problems and bothering other passengers and ignoring requests by the flight crew to calm down.
“Most of them also clearly appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.
“The 25 British nationals were removed the plane to cheers and applause from the rest of the passengers and were taken to Civil Guard offices at the airport so they could be identified.”
The spokesman said that although none of the men were formally arrested, they would be named in a report which will be submitted to the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency.
The force was unable to offer any information on their ages.
A well-placed source said the passengers hauled off the plane were part of a group of around 35 to 40 people connected to the club including players and managers.
It is not known if Spanish police made a recommendation about the size of the fine the Brits should pay in a report to AESA, the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency.
Passengers deemed to have committed a “very serious” breach of safety laws can be fined up to €600,000, £517,000.
The source said: “None of the passengers were arrested because we’re talking about administrative infractions.
“Identifying them was easy because they were obviously all travelling with their passports.”
A spokesman for easyJet said: “EasyJet can confirm that the police were called to meet flight EZY6075 from Bristol to Alicante on 6th April on arrival to assist with a group of passengers who were behaving disruptively during the flight. The passengers were escorted away by the police.
“Whilst such incidents are rare we take them very seriously and do not tolerate abusive, threatening or disruptive behaviour.
“It was reported the passengers were drinking their own alcohol onboard. For the safety of all on board it is illegal for passengers to drink alcohol purchased in the airport during the flight.
“EasyJet’s cabin crew are trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.
“The safety and wellbeing of passengers and staff is always easyJet’s priority.”