Published on 7 December 2013
It’s the media. It’s the PLC. It’s Peter Lawwell. It’s the soup-takers, the pantywetters, the bloggers. Clearly it’s everyone but the troublemakers who are to blame for the trouble that is following the Celtic support around these days.
This problem has been brewing for a while. The NoPyroNoParty Brigade, alongside the freedom fighters who haven’t yet spotted a peace process over in the Six Counties, are just a cut above the rest of us, of that they are convinced. It’s a We Are The Ultraz mentality of superiority and disrespect.
But be assured of one thing: these people are a tiny minority. A vocal minority, particularly if you observe them on Twitter, but they are small in number and their days are running out.
No more excuses.
Seats are not broken as a consequence of celebrating goals, even if Kris Commons is on fire and Celtic are putting on a show. Football games, particularly the last two that Celtic fans have enjoyed, are thrilling enough without a side order of smoke bombs, and I’m sure Fraser Forster could do without them, not to mention disabled Celtic fans who have spoken out about their fears.
And while we’re on the topic of hot debates within the Celtic support, this idea floating around that Celtic is somehow dishonouring its Irish roots unless the club and fans shut up and accept IRA chanting at football stadiums is disingenuous and self-serving for those who see a football game as an opportunity for a kid-on battle.
There is a peace process in Ireland. The people of Ireland do not want a return to the days of The Troubles, and when they remember and respect the memory of their dead, I’m sure it’s done far more effectively outside of a football stadium.
But back to Friday night, and there is clear evidence that Fir Park stadium was vandalised by Celtic supporters. Read that sentence again, and if it fills you with the anger it fills me with, it’s time to raise your voice louder than the louts.
For months, the arrogance of the Nopyronoparty Ultra Rebelz has been boiling over. A chunk of these ‘fans’ outrageously attempt to excuse what they’re doing by labelling themselves as ‘persecuted’ by the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act, thus making a mockery of the campaign against it.
To be clear, the campaign against the OB Act is about civil rights, it’s not a show of support for vandalism or any other unwelcome acts.
It’s time for a zero tolerance policy on this nonsense. Then we can all get back to the football, the Celtic way.