Saturday 21 October 2017

'Green Brigade' get final warning as Celtic face UEFA fireworks fine

A safety officer removes a smoke bomb from the pitch during a pre season friendly match between Brentford and Celtic at Griffin Park
A safety officer removes a smoke bomb from the pitch during a pre season friendly match between Brentford and Celtic at Griffin Park

Jamie Holland

Celtic have put the Green Brigade on a final warning after UEFA opened an investigation into the "setting off of fireworks" at Tuesday night's Champions League qualifier against Cliftonville at Parkhead.

The Glasgow club have an uneasy relationship with the 'Ultras' group housed in Section 111 of the stadium and now claim their behaviour is putting the club's safety certificate at risk.

In a strongly worded statement on the club's website, Celtic admitted the fireworks were used, causing referee Thorsten Kinhofer to ask the club's safety officers to intervene and also revealed that 131 seats were damaged.

The statement read: "Three fireworks were exploded within Section 111, causing the match referee to require a stadium announcement to be made instructing such behaviour to stop.

"As a result of this, Celtic FC will now be the subject of a disciplinary action for contravention of the UEFA safety regulations."

Celtic were fined €25,000 for fans' misbehaviour in the Europa League game against Udinese in Italy in December 2011.

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