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SBD Global/December 10, 2013/Franchises

Scottish Club Celtic Suspends Fans After Damage To Motherwell's Fir Park

Scottish Premiership side Celtic has "suspended 128 fans" from its matches and "relocated 250 season-ticket holders following damage caused to Motherwell's Fir Park on Friday," according to the BBC. Seats in the South Stand "were damaged while smoke bombs and flares were also thrown during Celtic's 5-0 win." The Green Brigade group of fans on Sunday said that "it regretted the scenes and admitted that it should have better policed its section of supporters." But the club has decided "to move fans from Section 111 of Celtic Park." Celtic and Scottish Police "have already launched their own probes into the incidents at Fir Park, with the football club already taking action" following the estimated £10,000 ($16,400) worth of damage (BBC, 12/9). In Glasgow, Hugh Keevins reported more than 200 seats "were ripped up at Fir Park." Cops "are now hunting the culprits while the flare trend is becoming so worrying" that former Scottish FA Security Chief David Brand Sunday night said "he fears someone will soon die at a Scottish stadium unless pyrotechnics are stamped out." The smoke bombs, flares and ripped up seats "are sure to be in match delegate Alan Dick’s report that will land on SPFL Secretary Iain Blair’s desk" Monday morning and it is "believed to pull no punches." The "disgraceful scenes at Motherwell as Celtic won 5-0 will be described by Dick as the worst he has ever witnessed at a Scottish ground." The police on Sunday night "vowed to pore over CCTV images and hunt down the yobs who shamed Celtic" (DAILY RECORD, 12/9). The SCOTSMAN reported "one of the smoke bombs thrown landed in the goalmouth close to Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster." Celtic Manager Neil Lennon, who "previously turned his ire on the 'Ultras' section of the club’s support, described the actions of the fans involved as 'unnecessary.'" He added, "I don’t see what [flares] bring to the game. I just don’t see what they add to the atmosphere of the game" (SCOTSMAN, 12/9).
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