TCN’s Support of The Green Brigade

Today is a sad day in our supports history. Regrettably the Green Brigade have been forced into making a stand against their treatment by Strathclyde Police and also to some extent the heavy handed stewarding in side Celtic Park in section 111.

Although this boycott of two matches is as I have said is regrettable it is also sadly necessary as the group have went out of their way over the past year or so to have meaningful dialogue with both Strathclyde Police and Celtic Football Club to reach a sensible approach to Policing and stewarding within and around Celtic Park in respect of section 111 and members of the Green Brigade in particular. I have it on authority that these agreements have constantly been breached by Strathclyde Police at every game. Therefore The Celtic Network fully support and sympathises with the decision the group have come to.

I have witnessed at first hand the heavy handed tactics of Strathclyde Police most at Hampden Park and more notably after the Celtic V Hibs game at Celtic park on the day of the first F.A.C demonstration which could have ended with people innocent people injured due to the Police ‘attack’ on members of the GB ans section 111 in general. No one could get out the area because the Police and stewards had blocked the exit. That was irresponsible on the Part of the Police as there was absolutely no need for it. I could give several other accounts but I’d be here all day. It’s may be best you read the Green Brigade Statement on TCN HERE for more injustices.

We would ask as suggested yesterday by the Celtic Trust that all fans stand up at the twelfth minute of the game in support of the 12th man. The Green Brigade and send out a message of support to the group and a message to the Police and Celtic that we will not tolerate any of our fans been treated as criminals.

James Cameron

 

20 thoughts on “TCN’s Support of The Green Brigade”

  1. Why am I not surprised at this disgraceful abuse of power by strathclyde police and how dare Celtic treat our worldwide famous peaceful fans in this way.

    1. absolutely. only in scotland would exempelary fans be treated in this fashion,of course thats the reason why, strathclydes` ss cant bear that our fans are admired throughout the world and welcomed everywhere they go, jealousy is indeed a terrible thing.

  2. Why am I not surprised at this disgraceful abuse of power by strathclyde police and how dare Celtic treat our worldwide famous peaceful fans in this way.

    1. absolutely. only in scotland would exempelary fans be treated in this fashion,of course thats the reason why, strathclydes` ss cant bear that our fans are admired throughout the world and welcomed everywhere they go, jealousy is indeed a terrible thing.

  3. I’m totally on board with this; I WAS going to start a “Feck The Polis” site, but I realised that Her Majesty’s Masonic Shocktroops would only look at the initials and put it down as a win.
    HH!

  4. I’m totally on board with this; I WAS going to start a “Feck The Polis” site, but I realised that Her Majesty’s Masonic Shocktroops would only look at the initials and put it down as a win.
    HH!

    1. Unfortunately this site does not have the rare technology required to publish comments from the large distance between Champions League and Division Three in Scotland. We also cannot yet afford the technology to publish comments from supporters of any football club under the age of 6 months.

    1. Unfortunately this site does not have the rare technology required to publish comments from the large distance between Champions League and Division Three in Scotland. We also cannot yet afford the technology to publish comments from supporters of any football club under the age of 6 months.

  5. Posted on behalf of john mccartney as there seems to be a problem with his comment displaying.

    “i cant understand the small minded celtic support that have shunned the green brigade over the boycott today , what course of action do
    these fans want tgb to take when they have gone down the dialouge route on several occasions , i dont sit in section 111 but in 403 and i wont be going today to show my support gbtgb”

    1. Everybody has a cameraphone, so USE them! Record everything; that way, we can start a page of pictures of this abuse of police power accompanied by case histories that can be seen worldwide. I’m sure that Amnesty would be interested, especially if we used the page to raise money for them.

  6. Posted on behalf of john mccartney as there seems to be a problem with his comment displaying.

    “i cant understand the small minded celtic support that have shunned the green brigade over the boycott today , what course of action do
    these fans want tgb to take when they have gone down the dialouge route on several occasions , i dont sit in section 111 but in 403 and i wont be going today to show my support gbtgb”

    1. Everybody has a cameraphone, so USE them! Record everything; that way, we can start a page of pictures of this abuse of police power accompanied by case histories that can be seen worldwide. I’m sure that Amnesty would be interested, especially if we used the page to raise money for them.

  7. JasCam

    “The figures which show that over half the cases involved a police officer as the victim, combined with the fact that 96% of the charges do not involve any violence and that 40% of charges are in the City of Glasgow is consistent with our view that Strathclyde Police force is now actively seeking out offence (from songs, t-shirts and flags) and taking on the role of ‘offended’ victim for the purpose of securing a conviction.”

    “The strand of the SNP plan, inadvertently betrayed by Christine Graham, Chair of the Justice Committee, to make sure that ‘equal numbers’ of Celtic fans and Rangers fans are convicted might appear to be working if today’s reports are to be believed. However, the Report does reveal that arrests by stadia do not distinguish between home and away supporters and therefore, contrary to what is being suggested, these figures do not support the ‘two tribes’ theory.”

    “On that basis, we can predict that the balance of the statistics for next year (when the Offensive Behaviour Act has had a complete year of operation) will paint the very picture this Act was designed to paint – there are no bigots in Scotland except for football fans and they are all in Glasgow.”

    I have picked these three quotes from The Celtic Trust site quoted in the article above. I think they highlight an area of distinct victimisation and an agenda instigated and, it would appear, avidly pursued by a police force much of which has a distorted view of justice – in the extreme!

    May I say from the outset that it pains me severely when I hear words or see actions that challenge the unity of the Celtic family. But I am aware that, as in any normal even close families, there are differences which can, if not addressed, lead to irreparable rifts. A strong family is distinguished by two essential qualities, the ability to be open and face problems and the willingness to seek and agree solutions no matter the consequences, no matter who is at fault. It is when both sides of the family fail to be honest with each other and to discuss the issues confronting them that the road to destruction begins, as we have recently witnessed elsewhere – if that was a family, that is.

    There are clearly differences of opinion regarding policing, stewarding and contradictory reactions from both sides of the spectrum. However, I have mentioned before that supporters must be at the heart of any decent football club and, as in any health-care, protection of that heart is crucial. Celtic must be in harmony with its fans and at this moment it appears not to realise this. It is time for public statements other than those self-protecting, empty words spoken so far. I have been a great advocate of judicious public responses but that does not imply hiding behind the fear of retaliation. It is time for the Celtic Board to wake up to the fact that attacks on supporters are attacks on them and as long as they cringe in a dark corner, our antagonists will stick the boot in harder and longer. It is as much the club that is under attack when a supporter is abused and mistreated as it is the individual. It is a cowardly but subtle means of “getting” Celtic and all that we stand for. So, it is time for Celtic F.C. to face ITS enemy and it is not the one from within but very much that from without. It is time for the club to publicly demand accountability, not from its supporters who have shown their dedication to Celtic over decades, but from those who would appear to lay more stock by racking up numbers to fit the government bill, than to perform their sworn duty to uphold the law and administer justice.

    It is tremendously sad when family members feels so excluded and uncared for that they are forced into extreme actions to simply gain some attention and response from parents. I have witnessed, only too often, the disastrous consequences of such family splits. The outcomes are rarely happy ones unless someone, and it usually needs to be a parent, sits down and talks and offers understanding and support. So, come on Celtic. Do the decent thing for those that have brought so much benefit to the Celtic family. Help The Green Brigade with these serious issues. For God’s sake stand up and be counted. We are no longer using begging bowls. We have a right to be fed now. We need you to be at the forefront of our demands for equality and justice.

    The Green Brigade. I pray this is truly your LAST resort. I hope you will find another method that does not provide fodder for our critics and adversaries especially in the media, as we will no doubt find out later today. But I do understand, even in my disappointment, that sometimes frustration blinds and the actions taken seem the only way. Such emotions can often lead the young in particular, down paths of destruction. I desperately hope this is not so in your case. You have my support in your quest for a fair crack at the whip. My best wishes for a successful outcome.

    H H

  8. JasCam

    “The figures which show that over half the cases involved a police officer as the victim, combined with the fact that 96% of the charges do not involve any violence and that 40% of charges are in the City of Glasgow is consistent with our view that Strathclyde Police force is now actively seeking out offence (from songs, t-shirts and flags) and taking on the role of ‘offended’ victim for the purpose of securing a conviction.”

    “The strand of the SNP plan, inadvertently betrayed by Christine Graham, Chair of the Justice Committee, to make sure that ‘equal numbers’ of Celtic fans and Rangers fans are convicted might appear to be working if today’s reports are to be believed. However, the Report does reveal that arrests by stadia do not distinguish between home and away supporters and therefore, contrary to what is being suggested, these figures do not support the ‘two tribes’ theory.”

    “On that basis, we can predict that the balance of the statistics for next year (when the Offensive Behaviour Act has had a complete year of operation) will paint the very picture this Act was designed to paint – there are no bigots in Scotland except for football fans and they are all in Glasgow.”

    I have picked these three quotes from The Celtic Trust site quoted in the article above. I think they highlight an area of distinct victimisation and an agenda instigated and, it would appear, avidly pursued by a police force much of which has a distorted view of justice – in the extreme!

    May I say from the outset that it pains me severely when I hear words or see actions that challenge the unity of the Celtic family. But I am aware that, as in any normal even close families, there are differences which can, if not addressed, lead to irreparable rifts. A strong family is distinguished by two essential qualities, the ability to be open and face problems and the willingness to seek and agree solutions no matter the consequences, no matter who is at fault. It is when both sides of the family fail to be honest with each other and to discuss the issues confronting them that the road to destruction begins, as we have recently witnessed elsewhere – if that was a family, that is.

    There are clearly differences of opinion regarding policing, stewarding and contradictory reactions from both sides of the spectrum. However, I have mentioned before that supporters must be at the heart of any decent football club and, as in any health-care, protection of that heart is crucial. Celtic must be in harmony with its fans and at this moment it appears not to realise this. It is time for public statements other than those self-protecting, empty words spoken so far. I have been a great advocate of judicious public responses but that does not imply hiding behind the fear of retaliation. It is time for the Celtic Board to wake up to the fact that attacks on supporters are attacks on them and as long as they cringe in a dark corner, our antagonists will stick the boot in harder and longer. It is as much the club that is under attack when a supporter is abused and mistreated as it is the individual. It is a cowardly but subtle means of “getting” Celtic and all that we stand for. So, it is time for Celtic F.C. to face ITS enemy and it is not the one from within but very much that from without. It is time for the club to publicly demand accountability, not from its supporters who have shown their dedication to Celtic over decades, but from those who would appear to lay more stock by racking up numbers to fit the government bill, than to perform their sworn duty to uphold the law and administer justice.

    It is tremendously sad when family members feels so excluded and uncared for that they are forced into extreme actions to simply gain some attention and response from parents. I have witnessed, only too often, the disastrous consequences of such family splits. The outcomes are rarely happy ones unless someone, and it usually needs to be a parent, sits down and talks and offers understanding and support. So, come on Celtic. Do the decent thing for those that have brought so much benefit to the Celtic family. Help The Green Brigade with these serious issues. For God’s sake stand up and be counted. We are no longer using begging bowls. We have a right to be fed now. We need you to be at the forefront of our demands for equality and justice.

    The Green Brigade. I pray this is truly your LAST resort. I hope you will find another method that does not provide fodder for our critics and adversaries especially in the media, as we will no doubt find out later today. But I do understand, even in my disappointment, that sometimes frustration blinds and the actions taken seem the only way. Such emotions can often lead the young in particular, down paths of destruction. I desperately hope this is not so in your case. You have my support in your quest for a fair crack at the whip. My best wishes for a successful outcome.

    H H

  9. Hi there this is going to shock l am one of them from castle grey skull as yous guy’s call it. Here is the reason for my post . First of all I am a football fan like to see s good game does not really matter who is playing. Secondly my twin brother supports celtic .And thirds I have several good friends that support celtic. They have been telling me about what hassle you are getting. I think that it’s absolutely shocking about the treatment you are getting from the police and stewards. We should all be able to go to a game and support our team whichever team you support and don’t be treated the way you treat murders etc . Good luck with your protests.

  10. Hi there this is going to shock l am one of them from castle grey skull as yous guy’s call it. Here is the reason for my post . First of all I am a football fan like to see s good game does not really matter who is playing. Secondly my twin brother supports celtic .And thirds I have several good friends that support celtic. They have been telling me about what hassle you are getting. I think that it’s absolutely shocking about the treatment you are getting from the police and stewards. We should all be able to go to a game and support our team whichever team you support and don’t be treated the way you treat murders etc . Good luck with your protests.

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