Monday, November 22, 2010

Celtic fans riot at Celtic Park

CELTIC have vowed to crack down on renegade fans as trouble flared again on Saturday. 

A mob of 40 yobs charged at Parkhead security guards and a 51-year-old steward was left nursing a bloody lip after a coin was reportedly hurled at him. 

The flashpoint in the 1-1 draw with Dundee United came a fortnight after we told how hardcore supporters' group the Green Brigade held up a sick banner protesting at the Poppy appearing on the club's shirt. 

And last night it emerged Celtic are invoking ground safety legislation in a bid to pull the rogue fans into line. 

Banner ... protest against ReidSupporters in trouble-hit Section 111 were recently warned in a letter from the club that their behaviour was a safety risk following an inspection by police and Glasgow City Council last month. 

Celtic had voiced fears over fans standing and swaying from side to side, blocking passageways. The letter asked them to "urgently" help resolve the safety issues. 

And the problems in the ground are splitting the Parkhead support. 

One yesterday wrote on fans' website Kerrydale Street: "I thought their conduct was appalling, and I did genuinely see some stewards getting pushed about and battered into." 

On Saturday's bust-up, it is understood stewards were ejecting a fan when his friends tried to intervene - running down stairs en masse to confront them. 

Cops later had to form a cordon around United fans and escort them back to their buses over fears of trouble. 

There was also a banner calling for Hoops chairman John Reid to quit. 

A police spokeswoman said there was "disorder between both sets of fans". 

Two arrests were made. 

Celtic declined to comment last night but the council praised the club for "seeking co-operation from fans". 

They added: "Safety shall continue to be monitored." 
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