Thursday, November 29, 2012

Eight people arrested after Celtic match at Tynecastle

Eight people have been arrested following the match between Heart of Midlothian and Celtic.

Police arrested them at the clash at Tynescatle on Wednesday after "disruptive behaviour" in the stadium.

Six of the men, aged 30, 41, 43 and three 17-year-olds, are due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday after being charged under the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act.

Two others, who were arrested over drunk and disorderly behaviour, have been released.

Match Commander Superintendant David Carradice said: "Our priority is everybody's safety and we will take action against the small number whose disruptive behaviour spoils the match for the decent fans.

“It is important to remember there was CCTV and video recording equipment within the ground. Working with our colleagues in the FOCUS unit, this will enable police to take action in the coming days to trace those responsible for unacceptable behaviour. "

Celtic fans "Fuhrer-worship"

Evening Telegraph - Monday 19 October 1936.

Celtic player joins Real IRA supporters at party for slain terror chief

THIS is Ireland and Celtic striker Anthony Stokes pictured at a memorial party for a murdered Real IRA boss.
The 24-year-old player was snapped at the Dublin benefit in honour of Alan “The Model” Ryan, who was killed in a street execution in September.
The pair are said to have known each other for years through Ryan’s association with the Players Lounge Bar in Fairview, Dublin. The bar is owned by Stokes’s dad, John, who was also at the party.
The photograph – which was first published in an Irish newspaper – shows Stokes posing with his arm draped around a woman in a gold dress.
A source quoted by the Irish paper said: “Anthony seemed very much at home. He was in great form, fairly relaxed and was clearly enjoying himself and enjoying being home.
“He’s very down to earth and very friendly to everyone when he’s back here.”

Stokes’s brother Michael, 27, is a former guitarist in republican band The Players Brigade. He did not attend the party but his former band played and sold a tribute CD featuring a song called The Ballad of Alan Ryan at the event.
The song includes the lyrics: “We vow to carry on his work/ we will follow in his lead/ we will find out where those gangsters lurk/ we will avenge their cowardly deed.”
Elsewhere at the party, revellers were invited to buy raffle tickets but a source said it was unclear what money was being raised for.
Police in Dublin said leading republican dissidents from both sides of the border were there, including a number suspected of involvement in the murder of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black.
Ryan, 32, was the leader of the Dublin brigade of the Real IRA – one of the breakaway groups opposed to Northern Ireland’s peace process. He is believed to have been responsible for two murders in the last two years.
He has strong links to John Stokes, 54, whose bar has been at the centre of violence and controversy in the past.
Three men, including a doorman, were gunned down outside the bar in July 2010.
Stokes snr was ordered to remove a 40ft banner barring the Queen from his pub during her visit to Ireland last year. He said he reluctantly agreed after police threatened to object to his application for late licences.
In August last year, the pub was gutted in a fire allegedly started by robbers.
Gangland enforcer Ryan was gunned down outside his home in Dublin in September.
His killer fired six shots from a Glock handgun, hitting Ryan in the chest. As Ryan struggled to get to his feet, the gunman calmly stood over him and blasted him twice in the head.

On the day of his funeral in Dublin, Stokes jnr wrote on Twitter: “Thinking of you Alan…”
Men and women in paramilitary-style uniforms marched behind the hearse and shots were reportedly fired. The events were condemned as “reprehensible and absolutely unacceptable” by Irish justice minister Alan Shatter.
Stokes began his senior career with Arsenal but first played in Scotland with Falkirk in 2006.
After moving to England and flopping at Sunderland, he came back to Scotland when Hibs signed him in August 2009. He moved to boyhood heroes Celtic shortly after the start of the following season, for a fee of around £1.2 million.
Stokes has been out of action with an ankle injury since July.
Two days before the Ryan party, he tweeted: “Ankle feeling good, hoping to start some very light jogging nxt week!!”
Stokes and his agent declined to comment on his attendance at the party last night.

Celtic player attends benefit night in memory of terrorist

Irish Mail On Sunday, November 25th 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Celtic fan accused of sectarian chanting after 'hun' abuse


A JUDGE has adjourned the sentencing of a Celtic fan accused of sectarian chanting in Letterkenny in which he called a lone Rangers fan a ‘Hun’.

Edward McLoughlin, 20, from Ard Na Ri, Long Lane Letterkenny, was accused of threatening behaviour, failing to follow the direction of a Garda and being drunk in a public place.

Neither Judge Paul Kelly nor McLoughlin’s solicitor Frank Dorrian had heard of the ‘hun’ phrase before, they told the court.

Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that McLoughlin had been warned by Gardai about the use of sectarian language during the incident in Letterkenny on August 4 last year.

Mr Dorrian told Judge Kelly that Mr McLoughlin had a number of friends and “one of their pals had taken to wearing a Rangers shirt when they were out and about.”

The defence solicitor went on: “He (McLoughlin) was leading a sing-song; there was only one Rangers supporters there. Gardai intervened.

“I didn’t know myself what this reference was.”

He said his client, who is unemployed, had too much to drink on the night in question.

Judge Kelly warned the 20-year-old: “I don’t want to hear any more of that behaviour Mr McLoughlin.”

The accused man assured the judge that the incident would not be repeated.

Judge Kelly adjourned sentencing in the case until Jan 28 for reports “to see if he can behave himself over Christmas.”

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Police hunt Celtic fans after sectarian chants on train

COPS are hunting Celtic yobs who sang vile hate songs on a train after the team’s defeat at St Johnstone.
Around 20 louts were blamed for sectarian chants on the service from Perth to Inverness.
Last night British Transport Police appealed for witnesses to the incident on Saturday evening. They said the foul singing was kept up “throughout the journey — particularly around Aviemore.”
AROUND 20 Celtic hooligans brought chaos to the streets of Scotland’s capital when they battled with casuals associated with Hibs.
Mayhem erupted at Edinburgh’s International Bar after the Wednesday night League Cup quarter-final between the sides at Easter Road stadium.
The mass brawl spilled on to the street outside the pub.
And terrified families cowered for safety inside the nearby Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
Lothian and Borders Detective Sergeant Mike Leask said later: “This disorder has been pre-organised by those involved in football-related violence.”

Friday, August 31, 2012

Celtic Director in rebel song confession

A FORMER Labour minister has admitted singing Irish rebel songs and says he even sang one in the Queen’s official residence in Northern Ireland.
Brian Wilson said that the Scottish Government’s attempt to rid football grounds of sectarian behaviour by more legislation was a “nonsense” and that existing laws were adequate.
Mr Wilson, MP for Cunninghame North from 1987 until 2005 and a Celtic director for six years, said he had belted out a rebel song in Hillsborough Castle.
Mr Wilson said that he and others had sung Kevin Barry, written in honour of an IRA gunman hanged after the First World War.
He admitted: “Let me be open with a voluntary confession for Scotland’s Song Police.
“I know all the words to Kevin Barry and I have been heard to sing them.
“Indeed, I think the last time was in the drawing room of Hillsborough Castle, when the portrait of Lord Brookeborough glaring down at us made the temptation irresistible.”
Lord Brookeborough was an Ulster Unionist politician, seen as particularly hardline in his attitude to Catholics.
Mr Wilson said he was not from a Catholic background, but was a supporter of republicanism over monarchism, he believed in a united Ireland and his support for Celtic was in his “DNA”.
He said: “The reason I know the words is that I am the product of youthful conditioning, just as all of us are. We are brought up with traditions, values and our parents’ beliefs.
“As a rational adult, I quickly worked out that there was nothing romantic about violence, and grew wary of songs that glorified it, even at a distance in time.
“The poor sods on the receiving end of flashing bayonets and Thomson guns were no more deserving of their fates than the later victims of Semtex and AK47s,” said Mr Wilson.
Even so, he said it was wrong to try to erase a sense of personal identity or the “expressions that go with it” by passing legislation.
“Bigoted, sectarian attitudes are buried deep in Scottish society,” he said.
“That is a problem worthy of the Scottish Government’s attention.”
Celtic made no comment.
David McLetchie, the Conservatives’ justice spokesman, said: “I am not in the least bit surprised that Brian Wilson knows the words to Kevin Barry. However, such songs have no place at football matches, because they have nothing to do with supporting a football team.”
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said: “Police and prosecutors have made it clear they need extra tools to tackle such hate by filling clear gaps in the current law.”

Sectarian 'Hun' banned by Celtic (2001)

CELTIC have banned a popular term for their Ibrox rivals Rangers, warning fans they can no longer call them 'Huns'.

And while the move has been praised by many organisations, Celtic fans themselves say it is an example of political correctness gone too far.

The first fans knew of the ban was when some were thrown off the club's Internet site for using it.

The club has since revealed that any member of staff saying 'Hun' can face disciplinary action or sacked and fans may be asked to leave the ground if they use the word.

'Hun' has been used for years as a general insult for Rangers fans, but some groups have voiced concerns that it could be taken the wrong way, leading to Celtic's actions.

Celtic administrator John Cole said: "It's a word that can cause offence and at Celtic we don't want to be offending anyone, so we are asking that people who have a problem with this look at our social charter and other movements we are involved with."

A spokesman for the Church of Scotland said: "Anything that helps to combat bigotry is more than welcome and Celtic should be praised for it."

And Catholic Church spokesman Peter Cairney commented: "Celtic should be applauded for this move as it helps to remove barriers which cause offence."

A Celtic spokeswoman said: "We support the rights of the individual but will not tolerate behaviour or motivation that alienates others.

"All we ask is that people observe certain rules and ways of behaviour when associating themselves with Celtic."

But Celtic fans themselves see it as a political correct step too far.

Editor of the popular E-Tims fanzine Steve Clarke said: "Celtic, by their action, have managed to label practically every supporter a sectarian bigot."

Rangers' staff details put online by Celtic yob

RANGERS chief Charles Green and manager Ally McCoist were bombarded with hundreds of vile calls — after their mobile numbers were posted online by a Celtic troll.

Hoops yob Stuart Kennedy, 35, tweeted the private details — then used his Twitter account to urge others to hound the pair.

Photographer Kennedy, 35, targeted his club’s Old Firm rivals as he watched Celts beat Helsingborgs in a Champions League clash at a packed Parkhead on Wednesday.

He claimed the numbers were being passed among tens of thousands of fellow fans in the crowd of 50,000.

In his first tweet he posted an 11-digit mobile number and wrote: “No joke, the belfast bhoys have been giving them it tight all day! haha.”

Soon after he posted a second message, adding: “Someone sent that as a text to me haha dont know if it is s**t. Let me know lol.”

A Rangers source said: “It’s shocking. Ally and Charles were given dogs abuse all day. Some of it was seriously abusive.”

Last night, Kennedy was facing a police probe.

At his semi-detached home in a quiet suburb of Carfin, Lanarkshire, the dad desperately tried to play down his actions.

He told The Scottish Sun he had no idea that the numbers he posted belonged to McCoist and Green. Visibly shaking, Kennedy, explained: “It was just a retweet. I didn’t think anything of it.

“Someone sent me it as a text and, like you would with a joke, I just thought that I would post it on.

“Honestly, I thought they were fake numbers — if I could say sorry to Ally I would.”

Kennedy suggested that he too has been the subject of sectarian abuse since he posted the numbers of the two Ibrox bigwigs. And he claimed he has had to hand his mobile over to Strathclyde Police as a result.

He said: “Since I posted the numbers I’ve taken them down.

“But I have been subjected to quite a few phone calls of a sectarian nature.”

A spokesman for Rangers described Kennedy’s actions as “grossly irresponsible” and insisted action had been taken to ensure Green and McCoist, below, were not subject to further abuse.

He added: “The numbers were made public on the internet, we believe, following the theft of a mobile phone.”

Strathclyde Police had no record of Kennedy complaining he too was subject to abuse on his phone.

A spokeswoman for the force said inquiries are continuing.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Celtic fans trash American stars car

FORMER Rangers star Alejandro Bedoya last night vowed to dump Celtic out of the Champions League – as revenge for Hoops fans trashing his car.

The American midfielder has joined Helsingborgs on a short-term deal after quitting the Ibrox club.
But he’s guaranteed a swift return to Scotland after the Swedish champs drew Neil Lennon’s side in the play-off round for the Champions League. Celtic head to Sweden next week for the first leg before a return clash at Parkhead a week later.
And the 25-year-old plans to heap pain on the Hoops supporters who laid waste to his car last season.
Bedoya told a Swedish newspaper: “I was a sub in a derby at Parkhead so I can tell Helsingborgs about the atmosphere of hatred coming down from the stands.
“I had my car damaged by Celtic fans but these things happen. I will be extra ready and have promised my old pals at Rangers to do one last thing for them by knocking Celtic out.
“I got a lot of messages from Rangers friends. They told me: ‘Knock Celtic out of the Champions League.’”
Bedoya, who joined Gers from Swedish side Orebro last year, faces a fight to prove his fitness ahead of next Tuesday’s first leg.
And that game, which kicks off at 7.45pm, will be screened live on STV.

Neil Lennon tax scheme blow

NEIL Lennon is being chased for legal costs after losing more than £100,000 in a tax scheme and failing to get his cash back.
Experts say the Celtic manager and his fellow investors could face a bill of up to £20million after a judge threw out their lawsuit.
And the group going after the money include lawyers Collyer Bristow, who advised Craig Whyte on his disastrous takeover of Rangers.
Lennon put £200,000 into two investment schemes in 2003, when he was earning £30,000 a week at Celtic.
He was told they would save him almost £500,000 in income tax.
Celtic striker John Hartson, England goalkeeper Paul Robinson and English rugby stars Joe Worsley and Jason Leonard also invested cash.
But they all lost out after the Inland Revenue said the schemes were against tax rules.
Lennon only got back £80,000 of his money – and received none of the tax benefits he was promised.
The schemes’ architect, disgraced Danish entrepreneur Bjorn Stiedl, was jailed for an unrelated pension fraud in 2004.
Lennon and more than 500 other investors teamed up to sue the company behind the schemes, Innovator One. Stiedl was the driving force behind the firm.
But they all lost out after the Inland Revenue said the schemes were against tax rules.
The highly complex investment plans were designed to exploit tax breaks for investors who put their money into software and technology.
The incentives were brought in after the dotcom crash hit technology shares on global stock markets in 2000.
Lennon put a total of £200,000 into two schemes – one called Mamjam Technology Platform Partnership and another called Casedirector Technology Partnership.
Investors put in a little more than £6million.
The schemes then took out another £19million in bank loans and used the cash to buy software from another company.
The idea was that Lennon would be able to count £800,000 of the borrowed money as part of his investment, giving him a total of £1million and allowing him to reduce his income tax bill by £400,000.
But the company who sold the software to the schemes then put the borrowed money on deposit with the bank, meaning it had effectively gone round in a circle.
And the taxman ruled that, because of that, the investors could only claim tax breaks on the money they had put in themselves.
That meant Lennon would only have got back up to £80,000.
And since the investment scheme failed, the rest of his stake was wiped out, saddling him with a £120,000 loss.
Hartson invested £120,000 in the same two schemes as his former teammate. He joined Lennon and the other investors in the lawsuit against Innovator One.
They claimed at the High Court in London that the schemes were fraudulent and had been badly put together.
In all, they alleged, their investments had been mis-sold for more than a dozen different reasons.
But judge Mr Justice Hamblen rejected their case.
He ruled: “Although the claimants were understandably aggrieved to lose their cash contributions and receive back only limited tax relief, there are obvious risks in going into aggressive tax schemes which offer the prospect of almost immediately doubling your money.”
Collyer Bristow were one of the defendants in the lawsuit after acting as lawyers for Innovator One, and are now preparing to try to claim back their costs from the investors.
A costs hearing is expected later in the year. No date has been set.
If the bill does reach £20million, it will leave the 555 investors facing costs of £36,000 each. Lennon and Hartson declined to comment.
The Innovator One schemes were similar to more recent schemes involving film financing which have also proved popular among footballers because of promises to massively lower their income tax bills. But the film schemes have often proved similarly unsuccessful, with the taxman refusing to hand over rebates.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"A lot of Celtic supporters wish for my death and that of my children"

He cannot walk through the streets of Glasgow. Sometimes they have to close shops for him before the fans and onlookers descend. Nacho Novo, a Rangers legend, has returned with his family for a brief visit to the city where he made his name as a footballer. There he awaits his new destiny, having ended his contract with Legia Warsaw where he played for half a season and won the Polish Cup.
The reforming of Rangers in the Third division as a result of its debts has been met with absolute rage from some Celtic supporters - its perpetual rival - which have gone to the extreme of repeated death threats to Nacho Novo.
"It used to be a common occurrence but, since the invention of Twitter, the threats have multiplied. A lot of Celtic supporters every day wish for my death and that of my children and it is really unpleasant although it's normal practice in Celtic, a sham of a club, calling itself Catholic but it's not at all", commented Nacho Novo.
"You only need to look at its recent history and see the shady events that club has had. It thinks it is fooling people. That's why it's an honour to be from Rangers, a team with values, with respect and with history. Whatever happens, it will always be the best team in Scotland", he concluded.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Celtic supporters attacked man in Aberdeen street

A PAIR of Celtic supporters who travelled to Aberdeen for an SPL match attacked a “defenceless” man lying on the ground, a court heard.
John Fleming and Daniel Hamilton had travelled to the city on March 2, and had been out drinking in the town when they attacked innocent victim Rafal Rybicki.
Fleming, 19, repeatedly punched Mr Rybicki on the head and body to his injury, and Hamilton, 21, repeatedly punched and kicked Mr Rybicki on the head and body to his injury.
The pair appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court where they pleaded guilty to carrying out the vicious attack at the city’s Regent Quay.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Celtic fans in court after train trouble

Published on Thursday 31 May 2012 12:00
FOOTBALL fans travelling from an Old Firm match have been accused of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by placing a flag on the window of a railway carriage, and singing and uttering offensive comments.
Three men and a woman, all from Edinburgh, appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court on charges that also included singing and uttering sectarian and racially offensive comments.
The charges relate to alleged trouble on a train travelling from Glasgow Queen Street station and Falkirk High station after the game, on April 29 at Parkhead, which Celtic won 3-0.
The four accused denied all the charges, which are under the new Offensive Behaviour at Football legislation.
They are James Argeo, 22, of Rankin Avenue; Joseph Battersby, 22, of Mannering Place; Louise Conway, 21, of Clearburn Court, Prestonfield; and Michael Higgins, 20, of Niddrie Marischal Crescent.
They were all released on bail until trial in September.
The four fans are accused of engaging in behaviour likely to incite public disorder by uttering offensive comments as well as other charges.

Celtic fans jailed for sectarian attack

Mar 8 2012 by Kevin Mansi
Daily Record

TWO bigots who burst into a Rangers-friendly pub and waved an Irish tricolour flag “for a joke” were jailed yesterday.

And a sheriff told the two Celtic fans that he will advise the Parkhead club to impose a ticket ban following the religious prejudice attack.

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard that James Seery, 20, ran into the Crown Bar in Bellshill, Lanakshire, last December, holding the flag and shouted “Up the ’Ra”.

He also sang Celtic songs and shouted “F****** Orange B*******’.

As witnesses tried to get Seery and James Jackson, 19, out of the pub, Jackson hit William Kirkpatrick, 60, on the head with a bottle. Mr Kirkpatrick needed stitches following the attack.

At an earlier hearing, Seery admitted charges, including making sectarian remarks. Jackson admitted hitting the man on the head with the bottle in the same incident.

This offence was also described as being aggravated by religious prejudice.

The addresses for both accused was given in court as care of Polmont prison.

Sheriff Ray Small sentenced Seery to nine months while Jackson was jailed for 18 months.

The sheriff added: “This type of behaviour does no credit to Celtic Football Club or their supporters.”

Friday, June 15, 2012

Celtic fans challenged Hearts supporters to fight after match

A group of Celtic fans challenged Hearts supporters to a fight after a match between the two teams.
Edward Ingram, 39, Anthony Begley, 33 and Steven McGowan, 23, have been jailed and banned from going to watch their team for a total of 19 years for the offences.
The three men tried to fight with Hearts fans after a game at Celtic Park, as the visiting supporters made their way back to their buses to go home.
The Glasgow club’s supporters were convicted of forming part of a disorderly crowd, shouting, swearing, inciting and challenging others to fight and breaching the peace on October 28, 2009.
Ingram, from the Gorbals, Glasgow was jailed for two years for the and Begley from Bellgrove, Glasgow was sentenced to 15 months.
The pair, whose last offences were football related matters, were each given a football banning order for seven years.
McGowan, 22, from Johnstone, Renfrewshire, was jailed for 12 months for his part in the crime and given a five year football banning order. He has no football related previous convictions.
Once they are released from their prison terms, each of the men have to sign in at their local police office during Celtic matches, Glasgow Sheriff Court heard on Friday.
Sheriff Kenneth Mitchell told them: "This is a serious outbreak of public disorder and a very bad example of a breach of the peace occurring after a Celtic and Hearts football match.
"I have concluded that the gravity of the matter is such that the only appropriate disposal is a custodial one."
The three men did not go to the game but formed part of a crowd and caused trouble after Celtic lost 1-0 to the Edinburgh side. The crowd on Springfield Road near to the stadium at Parkhead and mounted police patrolling the area were brought in to separate the groups of fans.

Three Celtic fans jailed over public disorder offences after Hearts match

Three Celtic fans have been jailed and banned from watching their team over a series of public order offences.
Edward Ingram, 39; Anthony Begley, 33; and Steven McGowan, 23, challenged Hearts fans to a fight after a game at Celtic Park on 28 October 2009.
They were convicted of forming a disorderly crowd, shouting, swearing, and challenging others to fight.
At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Ingram was jailed for two years, Begley for 15 months and McGowan for 12 months.
Ingram, from the Gorbals area of Glasgow, and Begley, from the city's Bellgrove area, were each given a football banning order for seven years.
The court heard that they both had football-related previous convictions.
Mounted police
McGowan, from Johnstone, Renfrewshire, was given a five year football banning order. He has no football-related previous convictions.
For the duration of their banning orders, the men will have to sign in at their local police office when Celtic matches are being played.
The court was told that the trio were not at the game, which ended in a 1-0 victory for Hearts, but formed part of a crowd which caused trouble outside the ground.
Mounted police had to be brought in to restore order on Springfield Road.
Another nine men were originally on trial but the jury returned a guilty verdict on only three of them.
Jailing Ingram, Begley and McGowan, Sheriff Kenneth Mitchell told them: "This is a serious outbreak of public disorder and a very bad example of a breach of the peace occurring after a Celtic and Hearts football match."
He added: "I have concluded that the gravity of the matter is such that the only appropriate disposal is a custodial one."

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Celtic yobs Cup Final shame

YOBS set off SMOKE BOMBS and ripped up seats during an Old Firm youth clash at Ibrox last night.

Flares were lit at the Celtic end of the stadium during the Under-17s Glasgow Cup final.
One source said: “My brother and his five-year-old son left. Celtic fans were setting off flares.”

Scare ... yobs set off flares at Ibrox during the youth cup final

A Celtic spokesman said: “We will look into security arrangements.”
Police said they are investigating the incident.

Celtic fans riot & rampage through Ibrox at Glasgow Cup Final

Just a day after tributes were held for the victims of the Hillsborough Disaster, hooligan Celtic fans put hundreds of their own fans' lives as risk last night as they set fire to seats in the area housing their support at Ibrox last night.

There was also several reports of violence outside the ground as bottles were hurled at kids in the Rangers support from the away fans.

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