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Celtic lifts ban on ‘Green Brigade’ supporter group

Celtic have suspended Green Brigade tickets (Danny Lawson/PA)
Celtic have suspended Green Brigade tickets (Danny Lawson/PA) Celtic have suspended Green Brigade tickets (Danny Lawson/PA)

Celtic has lifted a ban on the Green Brigade fan group attending home games after nearly two months.

The group has reached an agreement with the club and will be back in the stadium for Saturday’s visit of Livingston to Glasgow.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has welcomed the imminent return of the Green Brigade to Celtic Park.

Rodgers said: “Celtic’s history is littered with late goals and a big part of that is down to the fans and the whole stadium getting behind the team. That’s what makes Celtic.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers gives a thumbs-up
Celtic head coach Brendan Rodgers

“When you have the manager, the supporters and the players all on the same page it’s a real force.”

A spokesperson for Celtic said: “Following consultation with the group, the club has now implemented an updated rail seating safety code of conduct which has been accepted by the group, allowing for a return to a situation where rules and regulations around operating safely are respected and complied with.”

The supporter group was banned in October following “repeated incidents of unacceptable conduct involving the ‘Green Brigade’ group”, according to an email from the club which was leaked on social media.

The ban came after incidents including the group’s co-ordination of a display showing solidarity with the people of Palestine at a Champions League game against Atletico Madrid.

Wary of further UEFA disciplinary action, Celtic had asked fans not to bring any flags associated with the Middle East conflict.

The club has been fined by UEFA on several occasions because supporters have flown Palestine flags.

Celtic has been fined by UEFA twice this season for displays linked to the Green Brigade section – a pyrotechnic show away at Rotterdam and an “anti-fascist” banner which, according to the European governing body, contained a “provocative message of an offensive nature” towards Lazio.

Other issues apparently cited by Celtic include “rushing turnstiles” at Fir Park, “illegally gained access” ahead of the Lazio match and “unauthorised banners” plus behaviour towards stewards.