Brigate Verte’s Badge of Honour as UEFA Charge Celtic for Illicit chants and banners

UEFA have charged both clubs following Celtic’s 2-1 Europa League victory over Lazio at Celtic Park last Thursday night.

The governing body has today opened up disciplinary proceedings against Celtic for an ‘illicit banner’ and also ‘illicit chants’ – something that the entire stadium seemed to be singing.

Any suggestion that the wonderful ‘Brigate Verte’ banner from the ‘Green Brigade’, which included a Star (you know the star that is above our main entrance and on our shirts and represents the club’s European Cup win in Lisbon in May 1967) is somehow actually a reference to ‘Brigate Rosse’ is a complete media fabrication and should be resisted. You can’t simply substitute in a word that suits your own narrative and then condemn others for meaning that they were using your word when they actually used theirs. The are the GREEN BRIGADE, we were playing an Italian side, so helpfully they were given a translation by the ‘Brigate Verte’ supporters.

The section which hosts the Green Brigade displayed a series of controversial banners throughout the match.

Lazio fascists in Glasgow before Celtic’s 2-1 win over Lazio

The other flag that depicting the Fascist leader Mussolini’s hanging was also unveiled with the words ‘follow your leader’ as well as a banner which translated to “f*** Lazio”.

Lazio have also been charged by Uefa charge for ‘illicit chants’ during the match but escape punishment as expected for their fans disgraceful fascist antics in Glasgow city centre before and after the match.

UEFA will meet to determine the appropriate punishment on 21 November. Any ‘anti-facsist fine’ will be seen as a Badge of Honour for the Celtic support.

A hearing will take place on November 21 to determine the fate of both clubs.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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