SNP MSP for Lothians, Fiona Hyslop yesterday welcomed The Mayor of Vila Real, the Vice President of the Submari Celtic Supporters Club and a group of football supporters to the Scottish Parliament ahead of yesterday's Villarreal Vs Celtic Champions League game.
Visits between the Submari Celtic Supporters Club set up by Villareal supporters and Celtic supporters in Scotland have seen thousands of pounds raised for Children’s charities in Spain and Yorkhill Children’s hospital in Glasgow.
Fiona hosted the welcome Ceremony following a tour of the Scottish Parliament, which saw Fiona exchange gifts and cut a specially decorated cake with the Mayor, which displayed a Vila Real and a Saltire flag symbolising friendship between the fans.
Commenting on the day, Fiona Hyslop said;
“It’s a real honour to host this visit to Parliament ahead of tonight’s match in Glasgow.
“The spirit of friendship shown between the two sets of fans is a real tribute to the ability of sport to bring us together around the world and their contributions to children’s hospitals and charities in Glasgow and in Vila Real are an excellent way to show that friendship.
“Scotland’s fans – whatever team they support - have made many friends around the world and this is an excellent example of the ambassadors our football fans can be.”
The Submari Celtic Supporters Club was established by Ernesto Boixader Gil, whose son died of cancer shortly before the 2004 UEFA Cup quarter final between Villareal and Celtic.
Yesterday’s visit to the Parliament is sponsored by Lothians MSP Fiona Hyslop after two of her constituents, William and Hope Wightman, who take part in the visits and exchanges asked if the visitors could see the Parliament.
Source:- Scotland News Information Blog.