THE Scottish FA have this afternoon released a statement in which they condemn in the strongest possible terms the spate of incidents that have occurred this season which they regard as being unacceptable conduct.
Presumably the statement is from CEO Ian Maxwell, although it doesn’t make that fact clear.
“The Scottish FA condemns in the strongest possible terms the spate of incidents this season involving unacceptable conduct in Scottish football. This season we have witnessed match officials and players hit by coins, sectarian singing at matches and abusive and threatening behaviour towards match officials, players, managers and coaching staff. This behaviour is completely unacceptable and simply has no place in football, or indeed Scottish society.
“Football has a responsibility to take action. We must do all that we can under our current rules and engage with clubs to seek to eradicate such behaviour.
“This issue, however, is not one that football can solve on its own. To that end, SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster and I recently met with Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing Joe Fitzpatrick and Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Bernie Higgins to discuss unacceptable conduct in football and how we can work together to address this.
“We will seek further discussions in light of the most recent events to maintain the momentum for change.”
From this we can assume that this Unacceptable Behaviour summit took place before last night’s events at Ibrox and the Kilmarnock manager’s post match interview which promoted a statement from Rangers FC.
To be clear, and as we said this morning, the Celtic support needs to work together to clean up our song book. The chants at Kris Boyd on Sunday were unnecessary as he could have been noised up perfectly well with chants like ‘You Let Your Club Die’ and ‘Who ate all pies?’ etc.
The Cheer Up song should NEVER be sung again to anyone, the Jimmy Bell and OB, OB chants are embarrassing and do Celtic no good whatsoever. These songs and maybe one or two others need to go.
Let’s put our own house in order folks and in doing so allow the spotlight to go on to them.