On Monday it was announced Glasgow Celtic fans won footballing’s governing body FIFA’s Best Fans award following their Lisbon Lions display during the final game of last season.
The winning entry was designed to commemorate the heroics of the Hoops’ 1967 European Cup triumph over Inter Milan in the Portuguese capital on its 50th anniversary.
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Without doubt the green, white, silver and gold-carded celebratory gesture was immensely impressive, however it’s somewhat baffling to see the same group of supporters, who just some 24 hours previously received their latest in a long line of sanctions from UEFA, be commended for their behaviour.
Now, some of those who had an issue the last time I spoke negatively about Celtic, claiming young defender Anthony Ralston’s immature actions during Paris Saint-Germain’s emphatic 5-0 Champions League victory at Parkhead in September towards Neymar were highly disrespectful, noticed I am indeed a Sunderland fan.
The assumption was made that my Black Cat eyes were still in place and the article was written in backlash to the goings-on that took place throughout Wearside both earlier in the day and on the pitch during the pre-season friendly between the two sides at the Stadium of Light earlier this year.
However, it is clear to see those “fans” that stole the headlines for all the wrong reasons are indeed not a true reflection of the Celtic Park masses, and it would be both ridiculous and narrow-minded to judge over 60,000 of the roaring Hoops faithful by a small selection of idiotic morons.
But one fact that is hard to gloss over is the fact the Bhoys supporters received the highly-coveted accolade a day removed from being slapped with an £8,900 fine by UEFA following a pitch invader’s actions towards PSG summer loan signing Kylian Mbappe.
Delving further deeper and realising this sanction was the fourth in the club’s name since the beginning of the 2016/17 campaign, and the 12th over the past six years, puts into perspective how utterly ludicrous it is by FIFA to praise the continuous offenders.
It could be said, in fact, that the dysfunctional, disorganised and alleged money-grabbing organisation have now encouraged a continuation of the violent, pro-IRA and anti-Semitic behaviour that has been seen both on and off the terraces surrounding Celtic.
Yes, the display was a touching tribute to a team of Hoops heroes, however the small pocket of moronic Bhoys supporters who continue to tarnish their club’s name will see this accolade as nothing but football’s highest courts condoning their disgusting actions.