Seven Green Brigaders to face trial over IRA song


actionplus-vageisgeorgariou-celticSeven Celtic fans are facing trial over the singing of an IRA song at Celtic Park in July and August.

The seven fans are reportedly members of the Celtic supporters group, the Green Brigade, which recently saw their section closed by the Parkhead side following a UEFA charge against the club on a political banner display unfurled in the section as well as vandalism allegations against the group at a league game against Motherwell at Fir Park.

The seven Green Brigaders are alleged to have behaved in a way that ‘is likely or would be likely to incite public disorder’ by singing the Roll of Honour at Celtic Park, a song that is about the IRA hunger strikers.

All seven have pled not guilty to the charge when they appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Paul Duke, 37, and Ross Gallagher, 29, from East Kilbride, Christopher Bateman, 28, from Irvine, David Gallacher, 22, from Glasgow, Sean Cowden, 21, from Rutherglen and Kieran Duffy, 18, from Coatbridge, are accused of singing the IRA hunger strikers song at the Champions League qualifier match against Elfsborg on the 31st July.

While Gallagher, Bateman and Robertson, 28, from Glasgow, are accused of singing the song on the 3rd August at a league game against Ross County.

Robertson faces another charge, alongwith Gallacher, of singing the song at a home game on 24th August against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The trial is set for next June.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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