lubo_moravcik Registered User
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A group of Celtic fans who have brought some great noise, colour and atmosphere to Celtic Park. A 60,000+ seater stadium can seem like a bit of a morgue at times, these Bhoys and Ghirls have changed all that though.

Today they had a protest, for the first 50 minutes they were silent, holding up banners at different stages during the 50 minute period.
Have a wee watch for yourself, then see how the atmosphere changes once they come alive.

Forza Green Brigade, UTLR

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#2

Great fans, ****e team.

Richard Hillman Registered User
#3

The Richard Boyd-Barrett of football fans.

Gavin "shels" Registered User
#4

What was the protest over? I've great respect for the GB since they formed, I also liked that they sorted out the Jungle Bhoys fools who robbed a Briogaid Dearg logo there a few seasons back!


This is more impressive though

a joint protest this week by the two clubs due to the Swedish FA moving the match for TV. 10 minutes of slience and then get the match stopped just after half time due to the Swedish FA banning flares.

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Coillte_Bhoy Registered User
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Gavin
What was the protest over?


Stement issued by the GB


Today we held a silent and visual protest against the criminalisation of the Celtic support, both from the ‘Offensive Behaviour at Football…’ Bill and the disproportionate policing that we and the wider Celtic support currently face.

While the new legislation will likely have a direct effect on our group – particularly as the Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland are demanding that it specifically refers to banners and displays – it extends beyond just us and all Celtic fans will be affected.

The proposed new legislation denies football fans the right to freedom of expression and treats us all completely differently from others in society. This is despite there being very little disorder at football matches – and certainly far less than at music concerts or at bars and clubs around the country.

It comes on the back of a season when our manager was attacked by bigots because he comes from an Irish nationalist background. The response of the politicians has been to draft a law that, according to Justice Committee chair Christine Graham, is designed to target the Celtic support for our Irish identity and for singing songs in support of Irish nationhood. It looks like the bigots have won.

The protest was a massive step for our group to take. We want nothing more than to back our team for 90 mins and give them our support, especially on the back of defeat at Ibrox last week. But we feel this issue goes far beyond one half of football and that if the Celtic support doesn’t begin to influence the debate around policing and the new law then we, like many other Celtic fans won’t be there to support the team – we’ll be banned and possibly jailed.

In many ways, though, this is already happening. We currently have three members awaiting trial for ‘offences’ committed at the first game of last season. Their alleged crime was holding a a banner that, days later, bigoted elements of the Scotland’s Shame support complained about after seeing on the internet. The case has been doggedly pursued by the Procurator Fiscal, who has appointed a Fiscal more used to murder trials to take charge of the prosecution. We’ve also had members and others in section 111 arrested on made-up charges and instantly banned from every game in Scotland while their case drags on through the legal system – the police don’t even need to consult the courts to do this now.

At every match we’re filmed constantly and subjected to petty intimidation, like strange police officers greeting you by your first name. And it’s not just us – at every away match the police are filming fans coming off buses, in pubs and at stadiums and fans are given full-body searches at grounds. At the recent home game with Motherwell a fan was arrested and dragged out of the main stand by several police officers for singing ‘go home ya huns’. Fans arriving home from Sion in the early hours of the morning were greeted by a welcoming party from Strathclyde Police, there to say hello and take their pictures.

The time has now come for our club to stand up for our fans and use their considerable influence and voice to defend us from disproportionate policing and discriminatory new laws. It is also time for the support to come together and oppose policing and laws that seeks to silence us and treat us as part of a problem that, if it exists, is not of our making.

We won’t roll over to a political agenda that seeks to criminalise us and we call on all fans and fan organisations to join us and protest against the criminalisation of the Celtic support.

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RoboKlopp Registered User
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8.14 is class

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Jelle1880 Registered User
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Richard Hillman said:
The Richard Boyd-Barrett of football fans.


More like the George Galloway of football fans.

Once again they try to turn something which is aimed at all Scottish football fans into some sort of 'woe unto us' propaganda.
Criminalisation of the Celtic support ? Bollocks, it's the criminalisation of all Scottish football fans.

They asked for a crackdown on sectarianism, well they got it and now they don't like it (probably because they thought it wouldn't affect them).

edit: This is not about their support for the club, they've grown into the biggest group in the UK and support their team, which is always good.
But that doesn't take away that I have big problems with their political stance.

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HalloweenJack Registered User
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Gavin
protest this week by the two clubs due to the Swedish FA moving the match for TV. 10 minutes of slience and then get the match stopped just after half time due to the Swedish FA banning flares.

Great to see, especially that both sides worked together.

I saw something similar at a Rayo Vallecano match a few years back. Their ultras held a silent protest for the first fifteen minutes than they all walked out and left a banner behind saying "No to modern football" or something along those lines.

A Dub in Glasgo Registered User
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Great protest and a great statement from the Green Brigade

Jelle1880 - the GB are not going to highlight how the legislation and more 'robust' policing affects fans of other clubs, that is up to the fans of other clubs to sort out. It is facile to dismiss the GB protest because they concentrate on Celtic fans. What we are witnessing is not a crackdown on sectarianism and anyone with a bit of knowledge about how this law is being put together and implemented will know that.

#10

Amazing stuff.

A football club with Ultras.

You don't see that every day.

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Jelle1880 Registered User
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A Dub in Glasgo said:
Great protest and a great statement from the Green Brigade

Jelle1880 - the GB are not going to highlight how the legislation and more 'robust' policing affects fans of other clubs, that is up to the fans of other clubs to sort out. It is facile to dismiss the GB protest because they concentrate on Celtic fans. What we are witnessing is not a crackdown on sectarianism and anyone with a bit of knowledge about how this law is being put together and implemented will know that.


Of course it's not a crackdown on sectarianism, it's merely a way for certain politicians to show how tough they are.
But there's only one group which through the years has waged a campaign to have certain songs banned, and it's come back to bite them in the arse.

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homerjay2005 Registered User
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must have been a s*it match

Coillte_Bhoy Registered User
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stovelid said:
Amazing stuff.

A football club with Ultras.

You don't see that every day.


Thats not what the thread is about. You do know that? Of course you do, but have a chance to get a dig at Celtic, you couldnt possibly pass it up, could you? Hvae you anything to say on the substantive point?

Coillte_Bhoy Registered User
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homerjay2005 said:
must have been a s*it match


Not the game of the season, i'll give you that but cracking atmosphere

bohsman Registered User
#15

Sounds as bad/worse than what is happening over here. Have they started pepperspraying kids yet?

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