Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Celtic fined £21k by UEFA over fans' banner at Udinese clash

Celtic have been fined £21,000 for fans' misbehaviour in the Europa League game against Udinese in Italy last December. 
After the 1-1 draw at the Stadio Friuli, the Parkhead club were charged with, 'the displaying of a banner of an offensive nature and the setting off of fireworks by supporters'. 

The decision to fine Celtic was made by UEFA's control and disciplinary body on February 23.

A UEFA spokesperson said: 'Celtic have been fined 25,000 euros by UEFA's control and disciplinary body for breaching Article 11 of the UEFA disciplinary regulations. 

'The decision was taken on February 23. It is nothing out of the ordinary that it wasn't announced then. We can have 100 cases at the monthly meetings. Celtic did not appeal.'

Some Celtic fans held aloft a two-part banner which insulted UEFA, days after the club were fined about £12,700 for 'illicit chanting' involving pro-IRA songs at a Europa League game against Rennes at Celtic Park.

Several flares were also let off and one was thrown on to the pitchside track.

Celtic banned for life one fan who was arrested in Italy over the alleged assault of a club steward, and who they say was one of those responsible for the banner. 

Manager Neil Lennon and chief executive Peter Lawwell hit out out at the 'rogue' element within their support on the day after the game. 

The club also vowed to sift through photographic evidence to find those fans responsible for the use of the flares, warning that they will take 'appropriate action'. 

Lawwell said: 'It is very frustrating. Those people are not Celtic supporters. 

'We will weed them out and these guys will not get back into Celtic Football Club. 

'One or two silly little juvenile boys doing funny kids' pranks and stuff is bringing the whole of Scottish football down.'

Lennon added: 'My only surprise is that they got the spelling (on the banner) right. 

'I am very disappointed, they have let me down, they have let the board, players and background staff down and 99.9 per cent of the support down.'

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Celtic fined £21,000 by Uefa over fireworks & banner

Celtic have been fined £21,000 by Uefa for fan-related incidents during their Europa League match against Udinese.

Uefa charged Celtic with "the displaying of an offensive banner and setting off of fireworks by fans" in their match in Italy on 15 December.
The incidents had been included in the match delegate's report.

Celtic banned a fan for life who they said was responsible for displaying the banner and attacking a steward in Udinese's Stadio Friuli.

Uefa has confirmed that Celtic were fined on 23 February for breaching article 11 of its disciplinary regulations.

Those regulations include prohibiting the lighting of fireworks and "the use of gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, in particular if it is of a political, offensive or provocative nature".

The banner displayed during the match criticised European football's governing body.

Police investigate 'hate crime' gang attack by Celtic fans


A gang of Celtic Football Club supporters attacked a man wearing a Northern Ireland top in the Waterside on Sunday night.

A man in his twenties was attacked in the Spencer Road area shortly after 9pm. He was set upon by a group of around 15 youths. The victim sustained injuries to his face and body and was treated in hospital. The victim was wearing a Northern Ireland top and the assailants were wearing Celtic Football Club tops.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of Spencer Road around 9pm on Sunday night and may have witnessed the attack or saw the group of youths. Anyone with information should call 0845 600 8000 or anonymously through the 'Crimestoppers' charity on 0800 555 111

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hearts vow thug fans won’t win as ball boy, 13, struck by coin

Hearts vow thug fans won't win as ball boy, 13, struck by coin ...
HEARTS today vowed to keep ball boys at games against Celtic despite another schoolboy being injured by a coin thrown from the crowd during the high-pressure clash.
The latest incident saw a 13-year-old struck in the lower back about 30 minutes before full-time, prompting Tynecastle security to withdraw all ball boys and girls from the area as tensions mounted.
Police have launched an investigation but it is understood CCTV footage of the incident was “inconclusive” and it is not known which set of supporters was responsible.
Wednesday night’s incident, which saw paramedics treat the boy for a minor injury, is the latest in a string of ugly incidents during games against the Glasgow club.
It comes less than a year after Hearts supporter John Wilson ran on to the pitch at Tynecastle and lunged at Celtic manager Neil Lennon. During that same match, a 14-year-old ball boy was reported to have been hit by a 2p coin.
And in October the News told how a schoolboy football team was left “shaken and shocked” after being subjected to foul-mouthed abuse from Celtic fans when they took to the Tynecastle pitch.
It is understood fans from both clubs had been aiming coins at each other during Celtic’s 4-0 win.
Linda More, a Hearts season-ticket holder whose 14-year-old daughter was a ball girl at Wednesday’s match, said there was a “poisonous” atmosphere whenever Celtic visited.
“It’s so hostile at these games now and it’s kids who have got caught in the crossfire,” she said.
“My daughter said there were coins being thrown and that they were told to leave the pitch and go into the main stand for their safety. It seems like in each game we play now there’s some sort of incident.
“Why do kids need to be subjected to that, especially when you are trying to encourage them to go to football? It’s just wrong.”
Gorgie Councillor and Hearts supporter Eric Milligan said: “Last season there was a very bad edge at the Hearts games against Celtic and it has led to things that shouldn’t have happened.
“Throwing coins on the pitch or doing anything that might disrupt the business of the ball boys has to be deplored.”
A Hearts spokesman said: “There was a ball boy struck by a missile and he was examined by the medical people, but no further treatment was required.
“The ball boys and girls were removed as a matter of precaution.
“They will be back in place when we next play Celtic, but if their safety is compromised the same action will be taken.”
Celtic FC said they had not been informed about the incident, but it is understood that they would co-operate with Hearts and the police if necessary.
A police spokesman, said: “Inquiries are ongoing following a report of a 13-year-old ball boy being struck by a coin.”
Meanwhile, a 42-year-old man has been charged with a breach of the peace aggravated by religious prejudice during the game and is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court at a later date.

Ball boy struck with coin during Celtic game

A Heart of Midlothian FC ball boy was struck with a coin during a home tie against Celtic.
The 13-year-old was injured during the incident at Wednesday night's SPL game at Tynecastle.
Lothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident at the Hearts game.
The force also confirmed a 42-year-old man was arrested during the game and charged with a breach of the peace aggravated by religious prejudice.
He is scheduled to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court at a later date.
A police spokeswoman said: "Enquiries are ongoing following a report of a 13-year-old ball boy being struck by a coin during the game.
"We would appeal for anyone who may have witnessed the incident and might have some information regarding this to contact the police on 0131 311 3131."

Sectarian Celtic fan in court

Martin McCammon,19,pleaded guilty to causing a disturbance in John Finnie Street as Killie players greeted their fans from an open-top bus.

McCammon of Hurlford,admitted acting in a threatening or abusive manner - aggravated by religious prejudice on Sunday night.

Prosecutor said "He approached the oncomming bus and crossed himself in a religious manner."

McCammon then hurled abuse at the Killie players,in particular shouting "YA DIRTY ORANGE B------S."
He was arrested and taken to Kilmarnock police station.

Prosicutor said "Police have highlighted that they believe the conduct to be directly related to the football game that happened yesterday." 

His lawyer described McCammon as "A season ticket-holder of another team, a team which definitely opposes this type of thing."
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