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TWELVE ARRESTS

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TWELVE Celtic supporters have today been arrested by Police Scotland in relation to an allegedly illicit banner that was displayed at last month’s Champions League Qualifier match against Linfield at Celtic Park.

Celtic have already incurred a fine of 23,000€ from UEFA in relation to the banner and also a blocked stairwell in the same section of the stadium which is known as the North Curve and houses among others, The Green Brigade group.

Police Scotland announced that 12 men aged between 18 and 49 were arrested over “banners and material” at the match.

They are expected to appear in court on 24 August and 1 September.

Celtic reacted to the banner display, coming on top of safety issues surrounding the use of flares in a Lisbon Lions tribute against Hearts in May, by closing a section of the Standing Section within the North Curve, thus denying 900 supporters access to both last week’s European tie against Rosenborg and Saturday’s League opener against Hearts.

Celtic yesterday announced that the ban would be lifted for the majority of these 900 supporters but stated that it would remain in place for a smaller number.

Brendan Rodgers spoke of creating a ‘Holy Trinity’ at Celtic with the club, players and supporters all working for the same goal. He reckons that if that can happen Celtic will be hard to beat.

HERE is CQN’s article on the statement Celtic released last night on this matter.

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