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Celtic ban three supporters over Scottish Cup pyrotechnics

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Celtic have announced the banning of three supporters indefinitely following the use of pyrotechnics during their Scottish Cup fourth round tie against Stranraer on Sunday afternoon.

A statement published via the official club website said: “Celtic Football Club today announced that it has identified three individuals connected with the use of pyrotechnics during the Club’s match against Stranraer yesterday (Sunday).

“These individuals will be suspended indefinitely from attending Celtic matches and the Club’s investigations will continue.”

With the Scottish FA compliance officer set to investigate the misconduct of away supporters at Stair Park yesterday, Celtic have moved quickly to ban three fans they have already identified and that they do not want those responsible at their matches.

The statement continued: “Yesterday’s events have again caused embarrassment to Celtic and our supporters. On numerous occasions, Celtic has stated its strong opposition to the use of pyrotechnics but regrettably again, a very small number of individuals, within a ticket allocation of 2,500, have damaged the Club.

“We should be very clear. Those responsible simply do not care about our Club, our reputation or the safety of our fans and we do not want them at our matches. The Club will be reviewing its ticket allocation procedures to ensure that this matter is addressed.

“Ensuring the safety of our supporters and staff is always of paramount importance to Celtic Football Club. If such behaviour was to continue, the reality is it would only be a matter of time before serious injury is caused. However, we will not allow safety to be compromised by the actions of a tiny minority.

“We have been inundated again by our supporters following yesterday’s events and those fans can rest assured that this issue will be dealt with in the strongest terms. We cannot and will not allow this minority to destroy the magnificent reputation which our fans have earned over many years.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters who travelled to Stranraer and positively supported the team. Your support is greatly appreciated.”

Meanwhile, Police Scotland announced that they are investigating Sunday’s misconduct at Stranraer.

A brief statement read: “Prior to and during the match a total of four supporters were arrested for a number of football related and public order offences. Two were arrested in the ground and two were arrested out with the ground.

“The four persons arrested were all men aged 44, 25 and two aged 23. The post-match investigation will focus on the use of pyrotechnic devices, smoke bombs and fire crackers which were set off within the terraces as well as being thrown onto the field of play.

“Police will also be investigating outbreaks of sectarian singing and chanting which is reported to have taken place.”

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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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