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

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