Police investigate explosion at Celtic CEO
Police are investigating an explosion and fire in the home of Celtic F.C. Chief Executive Peter Lawwell, authorities in Scotland said. He runs the Scottish Club in his final weeks.
The fire caused significant damage to homes and vehicles on property in Thortonhall, a village outside of Glasgow where Celtic is based. Lawwell and his family are safe and unharmed.
The club confirmed the incident in a statement on Twitter.
“We can confirm that Peter Lawwell’s house and vehicles there were severely damaged in an early morning explosion and fire and the family was forced to vacate the property.”
“Of course, Peter’s family is extremely shocked and shocked by these terrible events, but luckily everyone is safe.”
“We understand Police Scotland is currently conducting a criminal investigation.”
“Peter and his family will of course have the full support and care of all members of the club.”
The police were called around 1 a.m. local time after reports of burning cars, according to Reuters. The fire spread to the detached two-story property, The Athletic reported.
Eight fire trucks came home. Lawwell was home with his wife and possibly daughter and granddaughter, according to The Athletic. They escaped and no one was hurt. The police are working with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to determine the cause of the fire.
Lawwell resigns as CEO
Lawwell will step down from his position as CEO in June after leading the Scottish Premier Club for 17 years. Under his leadership, Celtic won 29 trophies and reached the Champions League three times in the last 16 teams.
But last season was a struggle. The rival Rangers won the Scottish Premier League with no problems and denied Celtic the 10th consecutive title. Celtic fell in the second qualifying round for the Champions League.
Lawwell is currently in the handover phase as Dominic McKay, the former chief operating officer at Scottish Rugby, prepares to take him over.
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