It won’t work on the Celtic support, Mr Hazan

Yet more lies have been spouted about our support today, and again it has gone unchallenged but instead has been encouraged by the Scottish mainstream media.

This time it’s the Israeli national team boss Alon Hazan who jumped the gun regarding Liel Abada. Hazan has stated that Celtic’s management issue a condemnation against our supporters who are known to be anti–semitic!

Celtic v St. Johnstone – cinch Premiership –  Liel Abada during the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, on Saturday August 26, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

That is a down right lie, complete nonsense with no substance to it whatsoever. It’s one hundred per cent false. It’s inaccurate and it’s defamatory.

What makes matters all that confusing is that The Herald – that’s incidentally the owners of Rangers Review and Celtic Way websites ran the story making it look as if it’s them that’s accusing our support of being anti–semitic.

If that’s the case the club should be taking the appropriate action. I for one will not accept being labelled as anti–semitic. Nothing could be further from the truth and I can confidently speak for rest of our support.

Liel Abada of Celtic scores to give Celtic a 0-1 lead. The goal was disallowed for offside but awarded by referee Kevin Clancy after a VAR check. Aberdeen v Celtic, Cinch Scottish Premiership – 13 Aug 2023 Photo Stuart Wallace/Shutterstock

I’ve never encountered such behaviour at Celtic Park or any other place while I’ve been in the company of Celtic supporters. I get Hazan wanting to comfort his player but he doesn’t need to, the supporters and management here will give Liel Abada all the backing he needs, you can be sure of that.

He’s a highly regarded and well liked player at Celtic. The players, the management and the supporters all feel the same way about him. Spouting lies is doing no-one any good. Time for it to stop, or the club will need to take action on behalf of the supporters.

Alon Hazan Photo Razvan Pasarica/SPORT PICTURES

Hazan was asked by the media in Israel what advice he would give to Abada and international teammate  Shon Weissman, who didn’t travel last week to Granada’s La Liga match against Osasuna in the Basque country for security reasons.

Hazan replied:  “Liel Abada doesn’t need me to step into his shoes. He did his military national service to the state and did a fine job. He demanded that Celtic’s management issue a condemnation against their fans, who are known to be antisemitic, even though there were many Israeli players who played for this club.

“Weissman was not afraid to play in Spain, the security forces advised him not to do it. Both of them have to play and be there at their clubs every day. Their presence is the biggest victory. That’s the only way to cause the haters the greatest damage.”

This is the standard Israeli trick, anyone who disagrees with them is labelled as being anti–semitic. The Celtic supporters standing behind the besieged people of Palestine is what they don’t like and they think that Celtic supporters like everyone else they use this trick on will run to the hills, as happened with the Labour Party.

It won’t work on the Celtic support, Mr Hazan.

A Celtic spokesperson released this short statement this evening: “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. “Everyone at Celtic Football Club continues to give Liel our full support.”

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