Celtic crackdown on ‘Green Brigade’ ultras

Celtic have made moves to disband the Green Brigade section at Parkhead after labelling events during Friday night’s match at Fir Park “indefensible”.

A reported £10,000 (€12,000) worth of damage was caused to seats in the lower section of the South Stand housing away fans — just above where a Green Brigade banner was displayed — during the 5-0 romp for Neil Lennon’s men against Motherwell.

A flare was let off in the same area before the game while two green smoke bombs were thrown into the goalmouth, one of them landing yards from Hoops goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Now the club have handed “precautionary suspensions” to 128 supporters preventing them from attending home and away matches, while 250 season-ticket holders housed in section 111 — the Green Brigade’s corner of Celtic Park — will be moved to other parts of the ground.

Scottish Premier League chief executive Neil Doncaster also branded the events at Fir Park as “shameful”.

A Celtic spokesman said: “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 any more — our supporters deserve more than this.”

The Green Brigade insists its members were not responsible for the damage but admits it should have self-policed the section at Fir Park better. Celtic have already given the ultras group a reprieve this year after reversing a decision to shut down Section 111 following complaints about safety breaches back in August.

Uefa has also opened disciplinary proceedings against the club after the Green Brigade unfurled a banner depicting IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands and Scottish warrior William Wallace during the Champions League home clash with AC Milan.

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