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Green Brigade Statement.

As an ultras group it is inevitable that we will occasionally court controversy or conflict be that through our style of support or indeed our political identity. In spite of this, for over ten years we have maintained a reasonable working relationship with the Club which usually manifests itself by way of regular meetings. Unfortunately, this relationship broke down early in the season when we had the audacity to criticise the Celtic Board for a lack of investment. Although engagement has remained, it has been largely futile and undermined by a breakdown of trust.


Throughout our near 15-season existence, we have always accepted responsibility for our actions and ramifications where justified and proportionate. We know that the use of pyrotechnics may bring consequences therefore accept the inevitable sanctions for using it. We regret that any fans outside of our membership should suffer those consequences and point to that being disproportionate and unnecessary. To implement sanctions at 3 days’ notice highlights a blatant disregard for the considerable expense and arrangements some fans undertake to support Celtic. Considering we met with the Club last week to discuss potential sanctions specifically against our Group, the timing and scope of this decision is particularly vindictive. That it comes 2 days before an AGM expected to skirt by fan-led issues like ‘Resolution 12’ serves further cynicism as to its motives.


We appreciate that pyrotechnics run the risk of drawing the ire of footballing authorities. There are varied views among the Celtic support on its use however it is undeniable that such displays of passion in the stands remain incredibly popular with significant swathes of Celtic supporters, whilst it’s safe use is common across the footballing world. Pyrotechnics within football, and even at Celtic, predates the Green Brigade. It would be naïve to assume that it can simply be eradicated and instead, the mature, progressive approach would be for football clubs and authorities to properly engage with fans to promote safe use. On the select occasions we opt to use pyro, we do so with total regard for safety and seek to limit risk as much as possible.


Since the inception of Safe Standing in Celtic Park, our communications with the Club have been dominated by Health & Safety concerns which we have, and remain, committed to trying to mitigate. Without covering old ground, we have done as much as is within our power to help combat overcrowding within our area. Ultimately though, fans’ migrating to this area never has been - nor will it ever be - the fault of those who legitimately occupy the area. It is completely unreasonable for the Club to sanction fans within Safe Standing for their own failure to manage this issue: one which only exists at around 5 fixtures per season. Conveniently, the Club Statement only very briefly mentions this issue – framed around a UEFA fine narrative - despite assuring us it is the primary factor behind sanctions.


As with overcrowding, punishing fans for the latest UEFA fine is unfair. Whilst tens of thousands partook in the offending chant, we are happy to accept responsibility for leading the 'eff Lazio' chorus and make no apologies for displaying the same message in their native tongue. Politics aside, football is a tribal sport and to sanitise the game to the extent that cursing the opposition is in breach of regulations only renders said regulations - and the body enforcing them - not fit for purpose. More importantly, we are a proudly anti-racist group who took a stand against one of the most notoriously fascist supports in world football. That stand culminated in £16,000 being raised for two refugee charities between Rome and Glasgow - an appeal which perfectly showcased the Celtic support and is certainly more newsworthy than football supporters swearing.


The Club often purport to be a club like no other, a slogan modelled on Barcelona. Unlike their Catalonian counterparts though, the Celtic board would rather shirk from the traditions of Celtic instead of following their example in challenging unethical regulations and sanctions. The oldest Celtic tradition of all is charity and the Celtic support united on Saturday to once again produce the largest single collection for foodbanks in this country, as they do annually. It is a shame that this should be overshadowed by the Club sowing seeds of division.

posted 1 week, 6 days ago



<Lawwell can kiss my feni@n erse.>

Hah! that made me laugh>


posted 1 week, 6 days ago

So that statement basically says

Nu'hing tae dae wi us, blame the board for everything.

Climb down from up yer own rsholes ya whanks, you are the problem. Shape up or ship out. You are not Celtic, you're a PART of Celtic. No less, no more than me and tens/hundreds of thousands of others..

posted 1 week, 6 days ago



Bet ye some folk going on about elf & safety down about 100 units of

alcohol a week, and take plenty other stuff before seeing Charlie & the

Bhoys in 40 degrees at the Barraland.


See if ye can spot me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdGMkYFTTrg




posted 1 week, 6 days ago

<Climb down from up yer own rsholes ya whanks,>



posted 1 week, 6 days ago



Anybody else wanting the thread killed aff just gie me a bell.




posted 1 week, 6 days ago

comment by The Mighty Quinn (U4099)
posted 4 minutes ago


Anybody else wanting the thread killed aff just gie me a bell end.





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Fixed 👍

posted 1 week, 6 days ago



Heed

Who writes yer stuff?


posted 1 week, 6 days ago

The Green Brigade = Arrogance and ignorance are a bad combination.

Watching 'The Irishman' ...meh.. Not Scorsese's best work tbh.

I've never understood those that think Al Pacino's a great actor, he's guff.

posted 1 week, 6 days ago

comment by The Mighty Quinn (U4099)
posted 20 minutes ago


Heed

Who writes yer stuff?



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You set them up........

posted 1 week, 6 days ago



Zico dunno why I'm even on this thread

I'm bemused by the monumental scale of the kerfuffle.

Prob why I started posting utter scheidt.




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