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Celtic fans group back club’s stance over pyrotechnics

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Celtic supporters group, Affiliation of Registered Celtic Supporters Clubs, has backed Celtic’s stance over pyrotechnics following the club issuing a statement this afternoon.

A statement published by the club had earlier denounced an element of the Celtic support for setting off pyrotechnics during their Scottish Cup tie against Stranraer on Sunday – while also announcing that three fans had been identified and banned indefinitely.

While there has been a mixed reaction to the use of pyrotechnics as well as the club banning three supporters, the Affiliation of Registered Celtic Supporters Clubs has nailed their colours firmly on the door supporting the club.

The group’s statement, read: “Celtic have tonight released a statement regarding the use of pyrotechnics during our 4th Round Scottish Cup tie against Stranraer. We fully back the club’s stance on this issue. Safety of our members and other supporters is of paramount importance.

“No matter your view on pyrotechnics the only fact worth considering is that they are illegal in Scottish Football grounds and most grounds round Europe. The continued use of them will cause financial and more damage to the reputation of the club.

“We already face draconian policing on the way to, during and from games. This will not improve anytime soon if these incidents keep happening. We would fully expect the scrutiny we are placed under to get worse over the remainder of the season.

“The club have announced that they will review their ticketing policy in the investigation of this incident. This will affect many fans who have no want or will to take part in the use of pyrotechnics and these fans will also be affected by stricter police measures.

“The increase all over Scotland in the use of pyrotechnics shows that current measures in place are insufficient to stop those who wish to use them getting them into the stadium. Punishments that are dished out seem not to deter others.

“This problem needs to be addressed by wider, open, honest and progressive talks with all parties involved in the game. While it’s easy to condemn, we need to understand why some fans feel that pyrotechnics are part of the match day experience.

“Celtic have been in touch with us and we will be meeting them soon and will take part in the full review that this incident has caused.”

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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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