Joint Statement re Linfield game

Published on Tuesday 27th June, 2017 by Celtic Trust

Football without fans is nothing

It is now just over 50 years since thousands of Celtic supporters flew, drove and hitch-hiked to Lisbon to see Jock Stein's Lisbon Lions conquer Europe. As the great man himself observed, 'football without fans is nothing' so it is with deep disappointment that we note the board's decision to reject our ticket allocation for any potential UEFA Champions League qualifying match against Linfield in Belfast. The vague statement released by the board late on Friday afternoon did not contain any clear explanation of this decision - a decision made with no consultation at all with fan organisations, groups or regular European away travellers.

The statement noted 'safety concerns' but it is our understanding that the PSNI does not object to Celtic fans travelling and, indeed, Linfield has publicly encouraged the board to accept our allocation and stated they are 'more than happy' for Celtic fans to attend the match. We believe that the board is more concerned with protecting the brand than the welfare of the fans or the success of our team. It is a very sad and strange turn of events when the custodians of our own club do not want the world famous Celtic support backing the team in a 'crucial' away match yet the home club welcomes us with open arms.

We call on the board to reconsider their decision, and should they fail to do so, for Linfield to sell tickets directly to Celtic supporters. Our away support has significant experience of dealing directly with host clubs in the distribution of domestic away match tickets and doing so again for the match in Belfast should be a straightforward process. This should be done in a fair, responsible and transparent manner and would avoid the scenario of ticketless Celtic fans accessing the home end, which may, in itself, lead to genuine safety concerns.

Football without fans is nothing.

Green Brigade and Celtic Trust

 
 

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Helmski says:
2017-06-27 13:18:59
 

PSNI stated they COULD NOT GUARANTEE the safety of our traveling support. The board have made a wise decision IMO.

 
 
 

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