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Twelve arrested over banners at Celtic v Linfield match

By Staff Reporter

Twelve men have been arrested over banners displayed at the Champions League match between Celtic and Linfield last month.

Celtic closed the Green Brigade section of its stadium for two games after Uefa charged the club over an alleged illicit banner and blocked stairways during the Champions League qualifying match with the Belfast team on July 19.

A section of the Celtic support unfurled paramilitary-style banners during the club's 4-0 victory at Celtic Park. One showed a face in paramilitary-style black beret and dark glasses, while the other showed Brendan Rodgers alongside the slogan 'Rodgers at work' - an apparent play on the IRA's 'sniper at work' signs in South Armagh in the 1990s. Other banners formed the phrase 'Brendan's Undefeated Army' - another play on an IRA slogan. The incident led to Celtic being fined €23,000 (£20,615) by Uefa.

Police Scotland said 12 men, aged between 18 and 49, were arrested after a "proactive police investigation into banners and material displayed".

They were released but must appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court later this month.

Celtic's partial stadium closure, thought to have affected 900 season-ticket holders in the safe-standing section of the ground, will be lifted after the match with Hearts on Saturday, but a number of fans remain suspended.

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