Celtic suspends 128 fans after disorder

Published Monday, 09 December 2013
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Celtic has moved to disband a group of fans who style themselves as 'ultras', known as the Green Brigade, after a reported £10,000 worth of damage was caused to Motherwell's home ground.

Celtic suspends 128 fans after disorder
Flares and damage to seats, marred Celtic's game against Motherwell at Fir Park. (© PA)

A 5-0 win by the Hoops, led by Lurgan-born manager Neil Lennon, was marred by scenes the club has branded "indefensible".

According to police, a total of 18 smoke bombs, three fireworks, and one flare were set off during Friday's game - one missile even narrowly missed Celtic's own keeper Fraser Forster.

While the club had already issued a statement saying it was "appalled" by the behaviour, steps have now been taken to issue precautionary suspensions against 128 individuals.

Pending further investigation, they will be banned from Celtic Park and from away games.

Events such as those on Friday night do not represent the Celtic support or the club. These events were an embarrassment to our great football club and are absolutely indefensible.

Celtic FC

"In addition, the club will be relocating around 250 season book holders in Section 111 to other areas within the stadium, or offering refunds covering the remainder of the season to those who do not wish to be relocated," the club announced on Monday.

The Green Brigade are unofficially based in the section affected.

The club added: "It is clear that there is an element which has no hesitation in bringing Celtic's name into disrepute. This is something the club will not tolerate and we therefore have no other option but to take this action.

"We will not allow the great name of Celtic to be damaged in this way anymore - our supporters deserve more than this."

It comes a day after the Green Brigade issued a statement distancing members of the group from the scenes at Fir Park.

"Firstly, we do not condone the breaking of seats nor do we welcome pyrotechnics being thrown on the park," the group said.

"Whilst it was not members of our group behaving in this manner, we accept the fact that these actions took place behind our banner in what was an unofficial 'Green Brigade section' - and furthermore, that the fans within this area are associated to our group whether they are members or not."

We as a group are as disappointed as any about such indefensible behaviour and regret that it happened on our watch.

Green Brigade

It is not the first time the Green Brigade has been at the centre of controversy - Celtic had previously planned to shut down Section 111 over safety breaches, before giving the group a reprieve.

Now the SPL is set to take action against the club over the damage to Motherwell's ground.

Disciplinary proceedings are likely to open by the end of the week and if Celtic are found guilty, they will have to foot the bill.

While no arrests were made inside the stadium at the time, Police Scotland are also continuing to investigate in a bid to track down those responsible.

And it all comes as UEFA takes disciplinary action against Celtic over a banner featuring Scottish figure William Wallace and IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands.

The banner was unfurled by the Green Brigade during the Hoops' Champions League clash with AC Milan last month.

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