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Time to take voting on strict liability out of the hands of the club Hanging effigies, property damage, sectarian banners & singing must be the final straw

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What about them, they did this, they did that, but they did this, aye but they did that, ban them, no ban them! This is the constant tit for tat shite that I am sick to death of, and I suspect other Scottish football fans are sick to the back teeth of this shite also.

The constant dick measuring contests between the two fan bases is beyond pathetic now and Saturday’s off field ‘antics’ of both sets of supporters must be the final straw for the authorities – despite Police Scotland coming out praising the behaviour of the supporters. Which is laughable in itself.

csd4lnmxyaepst3Celtic fans unveiled banners saying ‘Kill all Huns’ and ‘Know your place Hun scum’ as well as a banner with lyrics from a Pro-IRA song – not to mention the two hanging effigies of Rangers supporters that we reported on yesterday in what resembled a mock execution with the blow-up dolls having their hands tied behind their back and a noose around their necks. These were hanging below a banner which read: ‘This is it Bhoys, this is war!’.

Regular readers of Scotzine will know my stance on the singing of Pro-IRA songs and the continued embarrassment that certain elements of the Celtic support bring to the club they profess to love. But Saturday’s sickening stunt involving the effigies and the Hun banners is the final straw. If the club do not come down hard on these cretins then they should have the book thrown at them.

The continued punishments from UEFA – with one still to be imposed at the end of this month – proves that the Parkhead side is unwilling to do anything about these so-called hardcore elements of fans for fear of upsetting the natives.

You then move across the city and to a club who praised their fans for invading the pitch to attack rival fans. Rangers fuelled the anger and hatred of an element of their support, claiming that everyone and their dog in Scottish football was against them. Their napoleon complex has fuelled the same element that is acting like rabid dogs over Celtic’s shameful events – and yet belittling or ignoring their own supporters on-going sectarian singing week in, week out. Not to mention the complete destruction of the away end toilets at Celtic Park in full view of Police and Stewards.

csj28dkwyaahgrpRangers again resorted to whataboutery themselves focusing solely on the Celtic support, rather than their own fans and the destruction they caused as well as the sectarian singing. But given they are currently in a oh woe is us, everyone is against us, we are the victims frame of mind – it is no surprise that they would rather focus on the Celtic support than admit their fans are just as bad. Or maybe it helps them to point the finger at their rivals so as to whitewash over the thrashing on Saturday in a bid to appease their supporters that love to hang effigies of directors outside the stadium.

These elements can call on their club to ban Celtic fans all they want, but it wasn’t that long ago they hung effigies of Craig Whyte and Charles Green outside Ibrox Park – again in full view of Police with no action being taken.

They can point all the fingers and blame each side all they want, but in my opinion, they are as bad as each other. These elements bring shame not only on their fellow supporters but also their respective clubs and Scottish football as a whole.

Saturday should have been all about the football on the park and Celtic’s victory – not sickening scenes of effigies of Rangers fans being hung from the rafters, sectarian banners being unfurled, sectarian singing or property being damaged to the tune of tens of thousands of pounds. But as per usual with the ‘ugly sisters’ – as they are referred to by the rest of Scottish football – they continue to bring shame on our game and it is time that the SPFL and Scottish FA stop getting a hard on for the money that these two clubs bring to our game and grow a spine.

If the clubs don’t want to accept strict liability then it must be imposed on them, whether they like it or not. If we are to rid our game of this scum then it must be imposed and the football authorities must take a hardline whenever there is misconduct – whether on the pitch or off it.

The football authorities do a lot of talking – much more than Joey Barton ever has – and just like the Rangers midfielder they do hee haw to back up all their bluster. At the end of the day, they want to attract fans to the game and they want to attract business to our game also – it won’t be long before companies turn their back on our game as the fans have.

It is time that our football authorities stop acting like two bit whores bending over for Celtic and Rangers for the scraps they throw at our game and think about what is good for our game and the image of our game. Otherwise you will see stadiums empty quicker than the away end on Saturday.

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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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