Congratulations -“Football without fans is nothing”
Questions need to be asked.
Celtic won their 45th title last night at Firhill. No disrespect to the Jags but it was on the cards. After the game was finished and the league was won there was a minor pitch invasion. I say minor because it was in comparison with any one I and many others have been involved with. This caused some consternation and outrage on social media. To be fair the moaners and seasonally offended were in the vast minority. Most fans were too busy enjoying what football fans enjoy…. winning things. There was no violence, aggression or ripping up of pitches, just punters running on and then back off the pitch.
What astonished me was the behavior of stewards at Firhill. Now before we go any further remember that these people have no legal authority. They are just people who do a crap job for a crap wage. They are just punters with a hi vis taking up the slack for an over priced Police force. So Imagine how pissed off I was when I seen one of these punters stopping the Captain of Celtic and his players going to celebrate with the supporters?
To be fair Broony looked as bewildered and pissed off as I was. What I’d love to know is when did this shite start? Personally I have never seen this before.
Now it would be easy enough to blame the guy who stopped Broony but the truth is someone well above the guy’s pay scale and more than likely employed by Police Scotland made the decision and gave the order that the team should not be allowed within 25 yards of their supporters. Has this practice ever been seen in Scottish football before ? I know that it happens at Hampden after cup finals but the crowd are so far away from the pitch that it suites the majority of fans. However why last night ? What was so different from last season or Kilmarnock the year before ?
I don’t know but the truth is football is being ruined by the Police and the legal system in this country. Nothing is ever explained to the fans who pay their money, regardless of who they support. You are now being asked to shell out hundreds of pounds of hard earned cash to be classed as a potential criminal. And after last night it appears that the players you support and pay for are no longer allowed to engage and thank you.
Congratulations to Neil and the bhoys on winning the title, they deserve it. However as someone once said “Football without fans is nothing”. If the authorities are now denying fans and the players contact then the game is fucked.