Football violence may have been toned down over the last few decades, but it certainly hasn’t been stamped out as it still exists. The recent violent incident in Brazil on December 8 was a disgrace to the game and the sport also received another black mark over in Scotland last week. On Friday, Celtic, the Scottish Premier league champions, visited Fir Park to take on Motherwell and their fans caused a considerable amount of damage to the stadium during the game.
As a result, the club has decided to ban 128 supporters indefinitely from attending any of their matches at home and away. The length of the bans are expected to be announced have all of the investigations have been completed. But if they want to send out the right message and prevent this sort of thing from happening again, the bans should be for a minimum of 10 years and I don’t have a problem with lifetime suspension either.
Celtic managed to win the game 5-0, but during the contest some Celtic fans ripped out stadium seats and set off smoke bombs, flares and fireworks even though they’re illegal at Scottish games. The club wasn’t impressed with the actions of some of their fans and released a statement on December 9 which read,
“These events were an embarrassment to our great football club and are absolutely indefensible. It is clear that there is an element which has no hesitation in bringing Celtic’s name into disrepute. This is something the Club will not tolerate and we therefore have no other option but to take this action.”
The club also said that 250 of its season ticket holders are going to be relocated from their current seats to a different section of their home stadium at Celtic Park. This could have something to do with the disciplinary proceedings the team is already facing.
Some fans hung banners that referred to former IRA (Irish Republican Army )member Bobby Sands who died in jail back in 1981 while on a hunger strike. The banners were seen in a Champions League match against AC Milan and other banners referred to William Wallace, who was a Scottish independence fighter way back in the 14th century.