Celtic’s self-indulgent element was at it again in midweek.
Once more, in defiance of the club and of UEFA, they were there with their little fireworks.
It is childish, it is moronic, it is selfish, and it has always been dangerous. That should now be obvious even to those who for a long time have lived in a state of Sevconian denial about this.
These things do not belong in football stadiums.
The risks are so clear as to be readily apparent to even the thickest individual. Yet a section of our support continues to place other fans and the club itself at risk. This simply cannot be allowed to continue.
UEFA fines are coming our way. Again.
And for what?
So a group of grown men can play with their bangers. What a joke.
What a scandal that they believe that they can treat our home with such cavalier disrespect. The council has already warned the club that the constant use of this stuff is a violation of the safety certificate. What more is there to say?
A nine year old kid was taken to hospital on Tuesday night because he was hit by one of these things. The club will now conduct an investigation. They have to.
Apart from the fan (and others) being exposed to danger, the club itself is now exposed to legal action. That will not be allowed to stand.
To be blunt, things should not have been allowed to continue down this road to the point where something like this happened at all.
People keep on telling me, as they defend this braindead behaviour, that UEFA will never really get serious with us on this. I beg to differ.
At some point they will tire of the fines and threaten to close part of the stadium, but as I’ve said before that will never come to pass. Because long before it does, the club itself will takes the decision to close a section for a major European game.
We all know which section it will be. And you know what?
Maybe that time has come, because it’s clear that these people aren’t hearing the warnings and don’t care what they are told.
The club should not have to negotiate on this.
The law of the land is clear, health and safety regulations are clear, and the stadium guidelines are clear.
These people are violating all three.
Celtic has been tolerant up to a point. Surely that point has now been reached.
If the club acts it will be because it’s been forced to.
These people aren’t giving those who make the decisions much choice in it.