PSG ultras unveil banner of support to Celtic's Green Brigade amid ban
PSG ultras unveil a banner of support to Celtic’s Green Brigade after the Scottish champions banned the group over ‘unacceptable conduct’
- Celtic’s ban of the Green Brigade group came into effect on Wednesday night
- The ultras group were blocked from attending Celtic’s match against St Mirren
- PSG supporters have unveiled a banner in support of the banned group of fans
Paris Saint-Germain supporters have shown their support to Celtic’s Green Brigade ultras after the group were banned from attending any of the club’s matches until further notice.
A PSG ultras group unfurled a banner of support during the French champions 3-0 win over Montpellier on Friday night.
The banner read ‘Green Brigade, Until the last rebel’, with the display featuring next to two Palestinian flags.
Celtic took the drastic step to ban the Green Brigade over a number of alleged incidents at stadiums throughout Scotland and abroad over the past two months which were considered to be ‘unacceptable conduct’.
This is understood to have involved flares being set off inside grounds, the storming of fire doors at Celtic Park, the abuse of staff, pitch incursions and the displaying of unauthorised banners.
PSG supporters unveiled a banner to show their support for the banned Celtic ultras group
Celtic have banned the Green Brigade group citing recent ‘unacceptable conduct’
The section was left empty during the Scottish champions match with St Mirren on Wednesday
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While the Green Brigade promoted the flying of Palestinian flags during last week’s Champions League game with Atletico Madrid against the club’s wishes, it’s understood that this had no bearing on the decision.
UEFA have twice fined Celtic in the past after the group had displayed Palestinian flags in matches in 2014 and 2016.
The Green Brigade section had also held up pro-Palestinian banners at a Premiership clash with Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on October 7 in the wake of Hamas’ terror attack on Israel.
The ban came into effect for Celtic’s match against St Mirren on Wednesday, with the North Section which houses the group left empty.
Around 250 members of the group were blocked from access to the match, with the ban extending to tickets for away matches.
Celtic sent an email to members of the fans’ group informing them of their decision, which they said would be subject to a further review.
‘The safety of all supporters at Celtic Park is of paramount importance and, amid these serious safety concerns, this immediate action — whilst regrettable — is considered by the club to be necessary,’ the club said.
‘We have separately emailed the representative of the group with further detail, following on from a number of formal written communications dating back to September and ongoing dialogue since the summer.
The group had defied the club and brought Palestine flags to their Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid
It’s understood that the flying of Palestinian flags had no bearing on Celtic’s decision
‘Should you wish to contact the club on this or any other matter related to the rail seating section, we would ask that you direct your correspondence in the first instance to [email protected].’
The Green Brigade have had a troubled relationship with the club since forming in 2006. Although credited with organising a number of spectacular football-related tifos – a visual display of flags or banners – they have landed Celtic in hot water with UEFA on numerous occasions due to misconduct over displaying banners that were either deemed offensive or political.
Ten years ago, following trouble and damage to seats at Fir Park, Celtic made initial moves to disband the group, but they have continued to occupy their designated section of the ground.
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