Opinion Ian O'Doherty

Saturday 29 April 2017

Celtic fans may be idiots, but I will still defend their right to wave flags

'Once you get past the essential absurdity of a bunch of Scottish people masquerading as Irish people pretending to care about the Palestinians, you enter a true test of tolerance – either you’re prepared to let them do what they want as long as they’re not physically harming anyone, or you’re not.' Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
'Once you get past the essential absurdity of a bunch of Scottish people masquerading as Irish people pretending to care about the Palestinians, you enter a true test of tolerance – either you’re prepared to let them do what they want as long as they’re not physically harming anyone, or you’re not.' Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

There was a spectacular stench of hypocrisy surrounding Celtic fans' determination to fly Palestinian flags during their recent Champions League match against Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

Fans had been warned by the club and Uefa that Celtic would be fined if there was a repeat of the stunt which saw them penalised to the tune of about $20,000 for similar behaviour two years ago against a team from Iceland.

They flew them anyway.

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