Now that we have had statements from both the Green Brigade and Celtic Football club we still await a statement from Strathclyde police on FOCUS operations. I won’t hold my breath.
I welcome the Club’s statement regarding the safety and welfare of the supporters and the fact they have made it clear who fans can complain to if they feel they are being harassed by the Police. Now no one should be in any doubt how to complain to the Club and the Club have no excuse for not following up complaints. Here’s hoping for a truly transparent process.
I sincerely hope that no one on the board of Celtic PLC are cooperating on what appears to be an attack on Celtic fans. It is time for the support to come together and condemn the attack on the civil liberties of peaceful supporters. However it is equally up to fans who feel they are being harassed to provide evidence so we can call the Police to account.
Anyone who fought against the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 would have seen this day coming. A flawed piece of badly drafted law which was kicked through the Scottish Parliament in into law by the SNP Government even although the majority of the country were against it.
This law has become an all encompassing umbrella which gives the Police a blank cheque to criminalise football supporters and only football supporters in Scotland. The Green Brigade and others sitting around section 111 seem to have taken the brunt of this hideous law. The phrase ‘Likely to cause offence to any reasonable person’ is one of the most loosely worded pieces of law outside China and N.Korea.
For some reason this law does not seem to be universally applied as sectarian singing still exists on a large scale every week in Scotland but that should not detract Celtic fans from supporting their own in the face of intimidation as laid out here in the Green Brigade statement.
Whether you approve of the Green Brigade and their actions is not important. What is important is that we recognise the infringement of civil liberties here in Scotland. I believe all football supporters should be interested in fighting.
No one wants to live in a racist or sectarian country but it is not up to the Police or the Judiciary to decide what peoples political views are whether in or outside a football stadium.
I have spoken to senior members of the Green Brigade in the past and they know firsthand that I don’t endorse political signing at football matches but myself and this site will stand up for their right to express their views without fear or prejudice.