Friday 15 December 2017

Celtic could be sanctioned over fans' behaviour at Stranraer

Flares set off in the stands before kick off during the Scottish Cup, Fourth Round match at Stair Park, Stranraer.
Flares set off in the stands before kick off during the Scottish Cup, Fourth Round match at Stair Park, Stranraer.

Andy Newport

Celtic could face possible punishment over the behaviour of their fans during Sunday's William Hill Scottish Cup clash at Stranraer.

Scottish Football Association compliance officer Tony McGlennan has reviewed video footage of the travelling supporters at Stair Park which appears to show them letting off flares and singing offensive chants.

A smoke bomb was also thrown onto the pitch during the Hoops' 3-0 win.

If McGlennan decides any of the governing bodies' rules have been potentially breached, he will write to both clubs to seek their views before passing the matter to a judicial panel, which would rule on the case and issue a sanction if necessary.

The matter is still at an early stage but among the guidelines McGlennan will consult before taking his next step are SFA disciplinary rules 35 and 37 which govern the responsibility of clubs to ensure the good conduct and behaviour of supporters, whether at home or away.

A number of penalties are available to the panel, including fines, censures and an order forcing matches to be played behind closed doors.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila warned his side's supporters they are risking the club's reputation after his team's fourth-round victory.

Celtic have a UEFA charge pending after fans set off flares during their Europa League clash with Fenerbahce in Turkey in December, the latest of several charges for supporter incidents which have been punished by European football's governing body in recent years.

The Norwegian said: 'We don't want this. It's something that is making a bad reputation for the club. So this is absolutely something we need to get stopped.

"It is not positive for anybody and we, as a club, don't want to have anything to do with this. Safety has to be the most important thing in every game we play."

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