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Celtic take action over recent fan behaviour

By Andy Newport

Celtic have made moves to disband the Green Brigade section at Parkhead after labelling events during Friday night's match at Fir Park "indefensible".

A reported £10,000 worth of damage was caused to seats in the lower section of the South Stand housing away fans – just above where a Green Brigade banner was displayed – during the 5-0 romp for Neil Lennon's men against Motherwell.

A flare was let off in the same area before the game while two green smoke bombs were thrown into the goalmouth, one of them landing yards from Hoops goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Now the club have handed "precautionary suspensions" to 128 supporters preventing them from attending home and away matches, while 250 season-ticket holders housed in section 111 – the Green Brigade's corner of Celtic Park – will be moved to other parts of the ground.

Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster also branded the events at Fir Park as "shameful" as he vowed to help the police track down those responsible for damaged seats.

A Celtic spokesman said: "Following events on Friday evening at Fir Park Stadium, Celtic Football Club today announced that it has issued precautionary suspensions against 128 individuals preventing them attending matches involving Celtic, pending further investigation.

"In addition, the club will be relocating around 250 season book holders in Section 111 to other areas within the stadium, or offering refunds covering the remainder of the season to those who do not wish to be relocated.

"Events such as those on Friday night do not represent the Celtic support or the club. These events were an embarrassment to our great football club and are absolutely indefensible.

"It is clear that there is an element which has no hesitation in bringing Celtic's name into disrepute. This is something the club will not tolerate and we therefore have no other option but to take this action."

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