Friday, 29 November 2019

Bams Banned From Celtic Park



How pleasant it was to be at Celtic Park last night and not have to listen to the moronic chants of the 'Greetin Brigade'.

I can do without idiots singing 'Up the 'Ra' and 'You can stick your poppies up your arse' - thank you very much.

Celtic did absolutely the right thing by banning these clowns and putting the Club crest on the safe standing area where they congregate. 

The Rennes fans were great, I have to say, they kept their spirits up even when they went 3-0 down and were a real credit to their club.



  



Bams Booed at Celtic Park (28/11/19)



The Daily Record reports that Celtic FC have taken action against the 'Greetin Brigade' by closing part of the safe standing area for tonight's Europa Cup match against Rennes.

Now this is a welcome move if you ask me, because these clowns seem to think they are bigger than the club, that they are a law unto themselves with their dumb antics - which include setting off flares inside the ground, offensive chanting and disrespecting other fans (including other Celtic fans) on a regular basis.     

I wrote to the Celtic complaining about the Green Brigade's moronic behaviour during the Celtic vs Motherwell match when they were booed into silence after telling fellow fans to 'stick their poppies up their arse' on Remembrance Sunday.

So well done Celtic and if the 'ultras' are not prepared to listen and shape up - it's time to start shipping them out.    

  

Celtic issue Green Brigade with final warning over UEFA and council fears

The fans group branded the club vindictive after the Parkhead standing section was slashed for Thursday's clash with Rennes.

By Michael Gannon - Daily Record


(Image: SNS Group)

Celtic have slapped the Green Brigade with a final ultimatum – shape up or get shut out of the Betfred Cup Final clash and the Rangers Festive showdown.

The fans group branded the club vindictive after the Parkhead standing section was slashed for Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Rennes.

Celtic were clobbered with another £13,000 fine from UEFA for banners and chanting in their encounter with Lazio – their third punishment from the beaks this season.

Hoops chiefs took action in a bid to fend off more damaging sanctions from the big wigs.

(Image: SNS Group)

But Record Sport understands the club are determined to clean up the ultras section as there are real safety fears due to the use of pyro and the overcrowding of the standing area.

UEFA take a tough stance on political and offensive chants and banners – but they hold and even harder line on supporters’ wellbeing.

Celtic also have to remain in line with Glasgow City Council over safety certificates for the standing area and have huge concerns over the continued use of fireworks and flares.



The Green Brigade have been banished from tomorrow’s clash and the club are also withholding tickets until further notice – which could see the group excluded from the Betfred Cup Final with Rangers as well as the Old Firm showdown on December 29.
Green Brigade slam 'vindictive' Celtic and reveal they face ban for Betfred Cup Final AND Rangers league clash

The fans statement said: “Our aim, as always, is to positively support Celtic and following Thursday we hope to get back to that.

“However, omitted from the club statement is that fact that all Green Brigade tickets are being withheld until further notice – including the upcoming League Cup Final and potentially as far as the Glasgow Derby at the end of the year.

Peter Lawwell and Ian Bankier meet UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and UEFA Director of Competitions Giorgio Marchetti in 2017

“We hope that the club will reconsider this position and re-engage with the fans in a positive manner.

“For over 10 years we have maintained a reasonable working relationship with the club which usually manifests itself by way of regular meetings.

“Unfortunately this relationship broke down earlier in the season when we had the audacity to criticise the Celtic board for lack of investment.

“Although engagement has remained, it has been largely futile and undermine by a breakdown of trust.

“To implement sanctions at three days’ notice highlights a blatant disregard for the considerable expense and arrangements some fans undertake to support Celtic.

(Image: SNS Group)

“Considering we met with the club last week to discuss potential sanctions specifically against our group, the timing and scope of this decision is particularly vindictive.”

The Green Brigade blamed the club stewarding issues for the overcrowding problems and are unapologetic about the use of fireworks.

They said: “We appreciate that pyrotechnics run the risk of drawing the ire of footballing authorities. “There are varied views among the Celtic support on its use however it is undeniable that such displays of passion in the stands remain incredibly popular with significant swathes of Celtic supporters, whilst it’s safe use is common across the footballing world.

“Pyrotechnics within football, and even at Celtic, predates the Green Brigade. It would be naive to assume that it can simply be eradicated and instead, the mature, progressive approach would be for football clubs and authorities to properly engage with fans to promote safe use.

“On the select occasions we opt to use pyro, we do so with total regard for safety and seek to limit risk as much as possible.”

Death Skull vs Fighting Leprechaun (27/11/9)


I wonder if the Green Brigade are monitoring my blog, because after I shared my post about their daft 'death skull' banner it was replaced by a 'fighting leprechaun' for Celtic's next home game last Saturday at Parkhead. 

Now I suspect these violent images are the product of an immature, juvenile, male mind which would be in keeping with the group's general behaviour. 

But let's see what happens in the weeks ahead.

  

Bams Booed art Celtic Park 3 (22/11/19)



I have been trying to discover the significance, if any, of the strange banner on display at Celtic Park which I saw for the first time last week - a menacing black skull wearing a gas mask.

Doesn't seem very friendly or inclusive to me, but if any readers know the answer, drop me a note (in confidence of course) to - markrivine@compuserve.com
  

  

Bams Booed at Celtic Park 2 (12/11/19) 



I said I would write to Celtic about the shameful antics of  the self-styled 'Green Brigade ultras' at Sunday's match against Motherwell.

Here's what I had to say to the Club who responded very quickly to confirm that my comments have indeed been brought to the attention of the Celtic Board.

I hope other supporters will raise their voices too - in the same spirit which led to the 'bampots' being booed and quickly silenced on Sunday.    

Dear Celtic FC 


I would like to register a complaint about the behaviour of some of the Celtic fans at the match against Motherwell yesterday.

Specifically, my complaint is about a small group of supporters in the safe standing area who style themselves as 'ultras' or the Green Brigade.

During the second half of the match the fans in question began singing 'You can stick your poppy up your arse' led on by cheerleaders who did their level best to amplify this ugly, divisive message via their loudhailers and drums.

I have written about this shameful incident on my blog site and what I find incredible is that Celtic FC help to facilitate this nonsense by continuing to allow the 'ultras' in the Green Brigade to bring their drums, loudhailers and banners into the stadium - without demanding guarantees about their future conduct.

In my opinion their behaviour on Remembrance Sunday crossed the line and the club should take action to deal with these morons who regularly bring Celtic's good name into disrepute.

I enclose a copy of the article which has been posted to my blog site and would be grateful if you could bring my comments to the attention of the Celtic Board.

Kind regards


Mark Irvine 

  

Bams Booed at Celtic Park (11/11/19)



The start of yesterday's home match between Celtic and Motherwell was marked by a respectful minute's silence for Remembrance Day.

But the occasion was spoiled somewhat in the second half by the moronic behaviour of a small group of fans in the safe standing area - the self-styled 'ultras' in the Green Brigade - whose cheerleaders decided to sing: "you can stick your poppy up your arse".

The rest of the Celtic support responded quickly by roundly booing the bampots, but the real problem is that these clowns think they are a law unto themselves - answerable to no one and bigger than the club itself.

What's incredible to me is that Celtic FC help to facilitate this nonsense by allowing the 'ultras' in the Green Brigade to bring drums, loudhailers and banners into the stadium - without any guarantees about their future behaviour.

Celtic has been fined regularly by UEFA, the European football authority, over the infantile behaviour of this group of fans whose antics hit the club in the pocket, as well as damaging its hard won reputation for being fair-minded and tolerant.

I will be writing to the club to make my voice heard and hope other supporters will do the same. 

  



Sectarian Springburn Sapheads



Meanwhile en route to Rotterdam several Rangers fans make their club look ugly and foolish, especially after their good away result against Feyenoord.

I say name and shame the sectarian Springburn sapheads - because it stands to reason that someone must know their identities.

 

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Bams Booed at Celtic Park



The Daily Record reports that Celtic FC have taken action against the 'Greetin Brigade' by closing part of the safe standing area for tonight's Europa Cup match against Rennes.

Now this is a welcome move if you ask me, because these clowns seem to think they are bigger than the club, that they are a law unto themselves with their dumb antics - which include setting off flares inside the ground, offensive chanting and disrespecting other fans (including other Celtic fans) on a regular basis.     

I wrote to the Celtic complaining about the Green Brigade's moronic behaviour during the Celtic vs Motherwell match when they were booed into silence after telling fellow fans to 'stick their poppies up their arse' on Remembrance Sunday.

So well done Celtic and if the 'ultras' are not prepared to listen and shape up - it's time to start shipping them out.    


  

Celtic issue Green Brigade with final warning over UEFA and council fears

The fans group branded the club vindictive after the Parkhead standing section was slashed for Thursday's clash with Rennes.

By Michael Gannon - Daily Record


(Image: SNS Group)

Celtic have slapped the Green Brigade with a final ultimatum – shape up or get shut out of the Betfred Cup Final clash and the Rangers Festive showdown.

The fans group branded the club vindictive after the Parkhead standing section was slashed for Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Rennes.

Celtic were clobbered with another £13,000 fine from UEFA for banners and chanting in their encounter with Lazio – their third punishment from the beaks this season.

Hoops chiefs took action in a bid to fend off more damaging sanctions from the big wigs.

(Image: SNS Group)

But Record Sport understands the club are determined to clean up the ultras section as there are real safety fears due to the use of pyro and the overcrowding of the standing area.

UEFA take a tough stance on political and offensive chants and banners – but they hold and even harder line on supporters’ wellbeing.

Celtic also have to remain in line with Glasgow City Council over safety certificates for the standing area and have huge concerns over the continued use of fireworks and flares.



The Green Brigade have been banished from tomorrow’s clash and the club are also withholding tickets until further notice – which could see the group excluded from the Betfred Cup Final with Rangers as well as the Old Firm showdown on December 29.
Green Brigade slam 'vindictive' Celtic and reveal they face ban for Betfred Cup Final AND Rangers league clash

The fans statement said: “Our aim, as always, is to positively support Celtic and following Thursday we hope to get back to that.

“However, omitted from the club statement is that fact that all Green Brigade tickets are being withheld until further notice – including the upcoming League Cup Final and potentially as far as the Glasgow Derby at the end of the year.

Peter Lawwell and Ian Bankier meet UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and UEFA Director of Competitions Giorgio Marchetti in 2017

“We hope that the club will reconsider this position and re-engage with the fans in a positive manner.

“For over 10 years we have maintained a reasonable working relationship with the club which usually manifests itself by way of regular meetings.

“Unfortunately this relationship broke down earlier in the season when we had the audacity to criticise the Celtic board for lack of investment.

“Although engagement has remained, it has been largely futile and undermine by a breakdown of trust.

“To implement sanctions at three days’ notice highlights a blatant disregard for the considerable expense and arrangements some fans undertake to support Celtic.

(Image: SNS Group)

“Considering we met with the club last week to discuss potential sanctions specifically against our group, the timing and scope of this decision is particularly vindictive.”

The Green Brigade blamed the club stewarding issues for the overcrowding problems and are unapologetic about the use of fireworks.

They said: “We appreciate that pyrotechnics run the risk of drawing the ire of footballing authorities. “There are varied views among the Celtic support on its use however it is undeniable that such displays of passion in the stands remain incredibly popular with significant swathes of Celtic supporters, whilst it’s safe use is common across the footballing world.

“Pyrotechnics within football, and even at Celtic, predates the Green Brigade. It would be naive to assume that it can simply be eradicated and instead, the mature, progressive approach would be for football clubs and authorities to properly engage with fans to promote safe use.

“On the select occasions we opt to use pyro, we do so with total regard for safety and seek to limit risk as much as possible.”

Death Skull vs Fighting Leprechaun (27/11/9)


I wonder if the Green Brigade are monitoring my blog, because after I shared my post about their daft 'death skull' banner it was replaced by a 'fighting leprechaun' for Celtic's next home game last Saturday at Parkhead. 

Now I suspect these violent images are the product of an immature, juvenile, male mind which would be in keeping with the group's general behaviour. 

But let's see what happens in the weeks ahead.

  

Bams Booed art Celtic Park 3 (22/11/19)



I have been trying to discover the significance, if any, of the strange banner on display at Celtic Park which I saw for the first time last week - a menacing black skull wearing a gas mask.

Doesn't seem very friendly or inclusive to me, but if any readers know the answer, drop me a note (in confidence of course) to - markrivine@compuserve.com
  


  

Bams Booed at Celtic Park 2 (12/11/19) 



I said I would write to Celtic about the shameful antics of  the self-styled 'Green Brigade ultras' at Sunday's match against Motherwell.

Here's what I had to say to the Club who responded very quickly to confirm that my comments have indeed been brought to the attention of the Celtic Board.

I hope other supporters will raise their voices too - in the same spirit which led to the 'bampots' being booed and quickly silenced on Sunday.    

Dear Celtic FC 


I would like to register a complaint about the behaviour of some of the Celtic fans at the match against Motherwell yesterday.

Specifically, my complaint is about a small group of supporters in the safe standing area who style themselves as 'ultras' or the Green Brigade.

During the second half of the match the fans in question began singing 'You can stick your poppy up your arse' led on by cheerleaders who did their level best to amplify this ugly, divisive message via their loudhailers and drums.

I have written about this shameful incident on my blog site and what I find incredible is that Celtic FC help to facilitate this nonsense by continuing to allow the 'ultras' in the Green Brigade to bring their drums, loudhailers and banners into the stadium - without demanding guarantees about their future conduct.

In my opinion their behaviour on Remembrance Sunday crossed the line and the club should take action to deal with these morons who regularly bring Celtic's good name into disrepute.

I enclose a copy of the article which has been posted to my blog site and would be grateful if you could bring my comments to the attention of the Celtic Board.

Kind regards


Mark Irvine 

  

Bams Booed at Celtic Park (11/11/19)



The start of yesterday's home match between Celtic and Motherwell was marked by a respectful minute's silence for Remembrance Day.

But the occasion was spoiled somewhat in the second half by the moronic behaviour of a small group of fans in the safe standing area - the self-styled 'ultras' in the Green Brigade - whose cheerleaders decided to sing: "you can stick your poppy up your arse".

The rest of the Celtic support responded quickly by roundly booing the bampots, but the real problem is that these clowns think they are a law unto themselves - answerable to no one and bigger than the club itself.

What's incredible to me is that Celtic FC help to facilitate this nonsense by allowing the 'ultras' in the Green Brigade to bring drums, loudhailers and banners into the stadium - without any guarantees about their future behaviour.

Celtic has been fined regularly by UEFA, the European football authority, over the infantile behaviour of this group of fans whose antics hit the club in the pocket, as well as damaging its hard won reputation for being fair-minded and tolerant.

I will be writing to the club to make my voice heard and hope other supporters will do the same. 

  

Corbyn's Cunning Plan!



All we need now is for Jeremy Corbyn to change his name or self-identify as Dr Doolittle!


 

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Plain Speaking Rabbi



The chief rabbi of the UK's Jewish community, Ephraim Mirvis, argues that Jeremy Corbyn is unfit for high office, that there has been a failure of leadership over antisemitism and that "a new poison - sanctioned from the top - has taken root in the Labour Party. 

 


https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/ephraim-mirvis-what-will-become-of-jews-in-britain-if-labour-forms-the-next-government-ghpsdbljk

Ephraim Mirvis: What will become of Jews in Britain if Labour forms the next government?

By Ephraim Mirvis - The Times


Elections should be a celebration of democracy. However, just weeks before we go to the polls, the overwhelming majority of British Jews are gripped by anxiety.

During the past few years, on my travels through the UK and further afield, one concern has been expressed to me more than any other. Of course, the threats of the far right and violent jihadism never go away, but the question I am now most frequently asked is: What will become of Jews and Judaism in Britain if the Labour Party forms the next government?

This anxiety is justified. Raising concerns about anti-Jewish racism in the context of a general election ranks among the most painful moments I have experienced since taking office. Convention dictates that the Chief Rabbi stays well away from party politics — and rightly so. However, challenging racism is not a matter of politics, it goes well beyond that. Wherever there is evidence of it, including in any of our political parties, it must be swiftly rooted out. Hateful prejudice is always wrong, whoever the perpetrator, whoever the victim.

The Jewish community has endured the deep discomfort of being at the centre of national political attention for nearly four years. We have been treated by many as an irritant, as opposed to a minority community with genuine concerns. Some politicians have shown courage but too many have sat silent. We have learned the hard way that speaking out means that we will be demonised by faceless social media trolls and accused of being partisan or acting in bad faith by those who still think of this as an orchestrated political smear. Yet, I ask myself: should the victims of racism be silenced by the fear of yet further vilification?

Therefore, with the heaviest of hearts, I call upon the citizens of our great country to study what has been unfolding before our very eyes.

The Jewish community has watched with incredulity as supporters of the Labour leadership have hounded parliamentarians, members and even staff out of the party for challenging anti-Jewish racism. Even as they received threats, the response of the Labour leadership was utterly inadequate. We have endured quibbling and prevarication over whether the party should adopt the most widely accepted definition of antisemitism. Now we await the outcome of a formal investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission into whether discrimination by the party against Jews has become an institutional problem. And all of this while in opposition. What should we expect of them in government?

The way in which the leadership has dealt with anti-Jewish racism is incompatible with the British values of which we are so proud — of dignity and respect for all people. It has left many decent Labour members both Jewish and non-Jewish, ashamed of what has transpired.

The claims that the party is “doing everything” it reasonably can to tackle anti-Jewish racism and that it has “investigated every single case”, are a mendacious fiction. According to the Jewish Labour Movement, there are at least 130 outstanding cases before the party, some dating back years, and thousands more have been reported but remain unresolved.

The party leadership have never understood that their failure is not just one of procedure, which can be remedied with additional staff or new processes. It is a failure to see this as a human problem rather than a political one. It is a failure of culture. It is a failure of leadership. A new poison – sanctioned from the top – has taken root in the Labour Party.

Many members of the Jewish community can hardly believe that this is the same party that they called their political home for more than a century. It can no longer claim to be the party of equality and anti-racism.

How far is too far? How complicit in prejudice would a leader of Her Majesty’s opposition have to be to be considered unfit for office? Would associations with those who have incited hatred against Jews be enough? Would describing as “friends” those who endorse the murder of Jews be enough? It seems not.

It is not my place to tell any person how they should vote. I regret being in this situation at all. I simply pose the question: What will the result of this election say about the moral compass of our country? When December 12 arrives, I ask every person to vote with their conscience. Be in no doubt, the very soul of our nation is at stake.

Ephraim Mirvis is Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

Trump - Dumb and Dumber



Donald Trump tries to take credit for authorising a new coin to mark 100 years of women's suffrage in America which became law in 1920 even though he acknowledges that people have been working on the project for 'years and years'. 

Yet Trump seems unable to grasp why it is impossible to have organised a centennial celebration of women's suffrage "a long time ago". 


   




Election Fever


I don't enjoy elections, as a general rule, mainly because I can't abide all the ugly, tribal nonsense which goes with the territory as polling day approaches. 
     
The Tories, Labour, Lib Dems and the SNP are all at it trying to put the big squeeze on each other's 'vote share' - using any means possible, both fair and foul. 

But I had to laugh at this example from Twitter on the bizarre topic of Jo Swinson's accent.


Ross McCafferty @RossMcCaff·Nov 22

Jo Swinson is like George Galloway and Fraser Nelson in having a genuinely unique accent. Could travel all over Scotland and not find a single person who sounds like her.


Mark Irvine - @Mark1957 - Replying to  @RossMcCaff


What does Jo Swinson’s accent have to do with anything?

Now I didn't get an answer to my question about the relevance of Jo Swinson's accent.


But I well remember the reaction when the former Labour MP Michale Martin was ridiculed as 'Gorbals Mick' and I can just imagine the furore if a similar comment was made about the the SNP's Mhairi Black.