Fans Against Criminalisation


I know we have Hibs in the League Cup on our mind today but would like to look ahead to Saturday.  The umbrella group, Fans Against Criminalisation, have organised a rally in GEORGE SQUARE before our home league game against Hibs.  I asked the group who they were, what their objectives are and why we should go along on Saturday, and was very impressed with their answers:

“Fans Against Criminalisation is a campaign group founded by five fan organisations (Green Brigade, Celtic Trust, Celtic Supporters Association, Affiliation of Celtic Supporters, Association of Irish Celtic Supporters Clubs). The campaign was formed on the back of the Green Brigade’s well-received protest at the Inverness game and after many previous discussions between the organisations about the Bill. We decided to come together to campaign against the Bill.

“Our objective is to ‘Kill the Bill’, the first part which deals with ‘offensive behaviour at football’ anyway. We have no problem with the government trying to tackle societal problems like sectarianism but these are not football’s problems alone and where sectarian crimes are committed then existing laws can be used to arrest and prosecute offenders. The new law goes far beyond sectarianism and captures anything that may offend or may cause disorder. This is only applied to football fans and it is ludicrous given that there is little or no disorder in Scottish football grounds and that routine aspects of football rivalry and tribalism will now be criminal offences. Government ministers have said fans who do anything from blessing yourself to singing a national anthem could fall foul of the proposes new law.

“The Government has shown little interest in fans’ views on the Bill. F.A.C. will be campaigning vigorously over the coming weeks and months and will be making our views heard. If the Bill passes then we will continue to protest against it, and challenge it legally and politically. The Celtic support is a very powerful potential constituency and the Scottish Government should be mindful of that.

“The rally is the starting point for the campaign. We need Celtic fans to get along and show their support for the campaign and add weight to our voice. We’ve asked people to assemble at 12.00 and the demo will start at 12.30 with speakers from the campaign. There’s no headline acts – Saturday is simply a time for ordinary Celtic fans to come together and unite against the Bill; a time to come together and send a message to the politicians that we will fight them all the way. Everyone should be doing their best to get along to George Square on Saturday and say no to the Bill.”

If at all possible, get along on Saturday and register your support.

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  1. Snake Plissken says:


    26 October, 2011 at 12:51



    My reading of the ‘he could get me the sack comment’ was him saying that he does it in training, he did it in the big games – I wanted to and offered him a new deal. He’s not doing it now, and we’re stuck with him.

  2. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    I would prefer Joe in midfield. He links up well and gets beyond our forwards too.



    Not as effective at fullback.



    El K should be good enough at lb against Hibs. Unless he’s injured.

  3. Snake Plissken, weeminger – I am an expert on philology, so I may be able to offer some insight here.



    When Neil said that Samaras may get him the sack, I think he was referring to the fact that so many of the fans have been highly critical of the player. (thumbsup)

  4. up_over_goal says:


    26 October, 2011 at 12:53



    I would go along with most of that, but drop Ki for El Kaddouri, and play Ledley in the midfield.


    I like Ki but he has gone of the boil lately and a spell on the bench may rest and re-focus him along with Forest.



    We must bulid on Saturdays win and get a run of wins going between now and the derby on the 28th Dec. (assuming they are still in business :) )

  5. up_over_goal says:


    26 October, 2011 at 12:53



    Quite like your team. Shame to have Ledley at left back but noticed on Sunday he often pushed into midfield anyway, with Mulgrew covering the left side for him. Could Rogne be expected to do the same?



    Also posted earlier that this might be a game to rest Hooper. Maybe give George a go?

  6. Philbhoy



    Agree – Joe is very important in midfield. However, if Lenny didn’t trust El K to play against Aberdeen at home, why would he trust him to play Hibs away?



    My big worry tonight is Hooper. He’s been no good at all recently, and his first touch at the moment makes Scott Mcdonald’s look assured.



    Nope, on third thoughts, play Forrest – keep it tight in midfield. 4-4-1-1 with Paddy off Stokes.

  7. Partizan



    Quite like your team.



    Which one? There’s 3 up there now.



    If Rogne plays, it will be at RCB, Dan on the left, where he plays better.

  8. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    El K must have been a Lawwell signing! :0)



    Agree about Hooper, he has lost his touch and as I posted the other day, he disny look happy at his work!



    Bench time or leave him out completely. I’m happy either way.



    Would like to see Paddy getting a run though.



    Maybe this is his time.

  9. Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning! says:



    26 October, 2011 at 11:52




    “How I’d love to see La***rty in a Morton strip.”



    My nephew, Sean, is a mad keen Morton supporter who hates Rangers as much as he hates St Mirren. He’ll be gunning for you.(don’t worry. he’s only 12 and he lives in Texas)

  10. upovergoal


    haha The one at 12.53.



    I think this definetely a good game for Paddy to start.



    And never seen the boy, what’s people’s opinion of giving Paul George a start?

  11. Zaluska



    Matthews Rogne Majstorovic Ledley






    Kayal Ki







  12. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    No offence meant!



    It was the first name that came into my head.



    I was shown round Cappielow by the then manager, Benny Rooney, about 30 years ago.



    I looked for their scores for a while after that, as you do.

  13. Paddy Gallagher says:



    26 October, 2011 at 11:52



    “If players who are legally responsible for their tax return, received dubious payments from Rangers that weren’t declared as income –


    could these ex players now be hounded for non payment of tax?”



    Paddy, it is an employer’s responsibility to deduct tax through PAYE and HMRC’s argument is that Rangers failed in that duty. Therefore recovery is from the employer. In exceptional cases, they may go to the employee in the first instance but, happily, this isn’t one of them. Rangers may well have been indemnified by the players and so could chase them for the money (good luck with that) but Rangers have to stump up first.

  14. Up over the Goal



    agree on Ki needing space to play , but felt he has gone missing last few games , although he scored a good goal at the weekend he did not track back the dons full back for the Aberdeen goal. I liked the look of the first half midfield diamond shape with the fullbacks pushing on. Joe is better equiped to play left side of this diamond.



    Also thought Hooper was a bit better on Sunday , he worked harder , the ball stuck to him more than recently, hope he can keep working and improve his first touch. I think he is much better with the ball in front of him and running onto it. He is not the best at linking with his back to goal.



    Big game we need to win.

  15. Ole up_over the thinking mans coach. Always picks a Celtic side never the strongest, but then we don’t have a strongest side, and his dot to dots are always neat and tidy.



    Hail Hail up_over_goal

  16. The Honest Mistake (Sickened) on

    Snake Plissken 26 October, 2011 at 12:51



    “I think the he could get me the sack comment is good enough for Samaras and Phil MacGiollaBhain said lenny didn’t want him. I think I’ll take my lead from him. I’m sticking with this until I see otherwise for Bangura who looks a dud anyway.”



    I’ll take Henke’s words on Bangura over your opinion of him if you don’t mind. Also there’s a lot of crap going around about Lenny not knowing Bangura, not being involved in his transfer or signing the wrong guy. It’s nonsense.


    I think you totally misinterpreted Lenny on his Sammi comments. In fact it was widely discussed on here how they would be twisted by the LL.

  17. tomtheleedstim on

    Sannabhoy – yes, no mention on his twitter account of why it was pulled either. Hmmm



    Hope you are well by the way and keeping up your fine work for the Kano Foundation.

  18. Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning! says:



    26 October, 2011 at 13:13



    I’ll get him to call off the Texas Chainsaw man 0-;)



    Benny Rooney did a good job there. Mind you, he did have Andy Ritchie

  19. philvisreturns says:


    26 October, 2011 at 13:13



    Partizan – I have no problem with the Boy George. (thumbsup)



    The temptation just too much, eh? :)

  20. Partizan – The temptation just too much, eh? :)



    I can resist everything except temptation. :)



    But I did say “doh!” when I realised I should have typed “the Bhoy George”, for added awesomeness. (thumbsup)

  21. THE EXILED TIM says:


    26 October, 2011 at 12:39


    It is with great regret that I have to bid farewell to CQN. I do this with a heavy heart, but the wife says I have been a right p*ick recently…….





    TET, (With great empathy)



    I can’t remember if ever posted this but my own spies tell me that it is a wee bit of a caricature, but only a wee bit.



    The misunderstood CQNer



    Hail hail




  22. ttlt ,



    hi. thanks for that. we’re trying . had a group over from Donegal last week and have groups from Livingston and Indigo Childcare for Hibs game. Next time you’re up , drop by and say hello (again).



    As you know , we have flags that the kids can wave at the game – these are in the process of being replaced and we’re offering a deal – sponsor a flag @ £10 and you’re entered into a draw for a pair of tickets for game v Rangers on 28/12 . Also , I’m upholding the honour of CQN by agreeing to have my legs waxed in the CSA on London Rd on 25/11 (?) . There’s a group of 10 from CM and TnT taking part but I reckon it should be quality rather than quantity.



    anyone interested in sponsoring me – drop a line to contactus@thekanofoundation.com







  23. whiterocktim



    Former Bristol City and AFC Wimbledon left-back Andre Blackman has had his trial extended by Celtic after he impressed in a closed-doors game against Rangers.

  24. Philvisreturns



    From previous threat this morning…..



    Partizan says:


    26 October, 2011 at 10:30



    Really wasn’t impressed by Hooper on Sunday. Also he does get regularly kicked lumps out of. Maybe tonight would be good to drop him to bench. I admit to really make the decision you’d have to know his mindset and fitness. (in other words, be Lenny).


    But I’d like to see young George and Paddy playing from the start, at the expense of Hooper and James Forest.



    It’s so tempting to say ‘the Bhoy George’ :-) , thankfully I resisted.