Celtic partially shut down Green Brigade section for Euro tie
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