Celtic par­tially shut down Green Bri­gade sec­tion for Euro tie

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY JACK AITCHI­SON

CELTIC have an­nounced part of their stand­ing sec­tion will be closed for the up­com­ing Europa League clash with Rennes.

Celtic have con­firmed the self­im­posed clo­sure of rows A-M in the sec­tion, which is used by the Green Bri­gade, after the side were sanc­tioned by Uefa for py­rotech­nics dur­ing games against Cluj and AIK Stock­holm.

The club has also re­cently been charged for il­licit chant­ing and il­licit ban­ners against Lazio – with Celtic fans rais­ing £15,000 to sup­port asy­lum seek­ers in the wake of the clash.

Any­one within the closed sec­tion will re­ceive a re­fund.

A state­ment by the club said: “Celtic has ul­ti­mate re­spon­si­bil­ity for the safety of all our sup­port­ers and it is a re­spon­si­bil­ity which we take very se­ri­ously.”

It added that the Uefa charges “dam­age the Club’s rep­u­ta­tion and this be­hav­iour con­tin­ues to threaten sup­porter safety”.

It con­tin­ued: “Uefa’s rules and the Club’s long-es­tab­lished ground reg­u­la­tions are very clear. In­deed, the Club en­gages in reg­u­lar di­a­logue with all sup­port­ers groups to en­sure th­ese are well known and un­der­stood.

“We have con­sid­ered this mat­ter very care­fully. It is dis­ap­point­ing that be­hav­iour which is un­safe and which we all know will breach Uefa and Club reg­u­la­tions has con­tin­ued.”

It came as it was con­firmed that Celtic fans have raised more than £15,000 to help asy­lum seek­ers in both Glas­gow and Rome in the wake of a fas­cism row fol­low­ing their match with Lazio.

The Hoops’ Europa League tie with the Ital­ian side on Oc­to­ber 24 was tar­nished with con­tro­versy after trav­el­ling fans were filmed march­ing down the city’s Buchanan Street mak­ing fas­cist salutes.

Celtic fans re­sponded with a ban­ner inside the ground de­pict­ing Ital­ian dic­ta­tor Mus­solini’s body be­ing hung next to the mes­sage “fol­low your leader”.

The Park­head club were is­sued a £13,000 fine from Uefa as a re­sult of the “il­licit chants” and “il­licit ban­ners” – their third fine this sea­son.

The Glas­gow side won the match 2-1.

In the wake of the row, Celtic’s ul­tras – the Green Bri­gade – set up a fundraiser to sup­port Baobab Ex­pe­ri­ence and Scottish Ac­tion For Refugees.

The char­i­ties in Scot­land and Italy of­fer sup­port to asy­lum seek­ers.

In just an hour, more than £1000 was raised.

Now, al­most a month on, the group have re­peat­edly smashed their fundrais­ing tar­gets – with the amount raised sit­ting at nearly £15,800.

The page reads: “Sadly, in­tol­er­ance to­wards im­mi­grants is still a fa­mil­iar tale across Europe. All too of­ten this man­i­fests it­self in foot­ball sta­di­ums and for too long it has gone un­chal­lenged.

“Hail­ing from the Ital­ian cap­i­tal, our Laziale guests are no strangers to the mod­ern­day refugee cri­sis with Italy cur­rently hold­ing over 170,000 refugees.

“Far from be­ing tol­er­ant, Lazio fans are in­stead renowned for their ex­treme-right views which were wit­nessed both on the streets and in the stands last Thurs­day.

“The Celtic re­sponse to this was mod­est but un­equiv­o­cal: f**k off Lazio.”

The Green Bri­gade sec­tion of Celtic Park will be closed for the up­com­ing game against Rennes after the club suf­fered another Uefa fine

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