Thank you to the club for responding to today’s article and those on other fan media outlets who raised with them the matter of the Israeli manager making claims of antisemitism against our fans.
That comment was disgraceful and without foundation.
I said I hoped Celtic would respond, and a spokesperson told Celtic fan media the following; “Any suggestion that the Celtic support is anti-Semitic is totally inaccurate. Celtic is a diverse club, proud to be open to all, ever since its formation in 1888.”
I would have liked to have seen a more public response – something issued through the club’s own website, something that would have got everyone’s attention and sent a clear message to anyone repeating that slander – but the fact is, the mainstream press is running the story and so it carries similar weight. Celtic has spoken. Celtic has refuted the central claim.
And so Celtic has stood up for the fans and protected their reputation and image. That they issued the statement through fan media outlets is in some ways all the more fitting for that, it’s telling the fans directly that “we know who we are.”
That is all we could ever have asked for and I am personally grateful to them for having done so. Every one of us should be.
This club can be slow to respond at times, but my article went up earlier this afternoon and other fan media outlets similarly raised their concerns and Celtic has answered us, all of us, and the wider Celtic community.
That’s perfect. The club has refuted this lie and we can move on from that.
The Israeli manager should be put on notice for talking such utter rot, and I’m certain that Celtic will have conveyed that to him and his national association via more private means, as is standard. That the club does take the allegation seriously can be measured by their swift response to it.
Outstanding, Celtic. Thank you.