Green Brigade unfurl banner aimed at UEFA ahead of Celtic v Ferencvaros

By Euan Davidson

October 19, 2021

Celtic supporters’ group, the Green Brigade, have unfurled a fantastic protest banner ahead of the match against Ferencvaros in the UEFA Europa League.

With Celtic supporters inconvenienced by UEFA scheduling, the Europa League meeting had to take place on a Tuesday afternoon. While attendance at the game was excellent, scheduling certainly disadvantaged plenty of fans.

With UEFA unwilling to show Champions League and Europa League games simultaneously, and the forthcoming COP 26 conference taking place in Glasgow, the scheduling has angered a great many fans who would’ve hoped to see their team in Europe.

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The situation arose after Celtic initially offered 3-match packages for the UEFA Europa League home games. That added to the oppobrium.

In protest, the Green Brigade unfurled a banner to UEFA. Referencing Countdown, it had a conundrum clue: “Fans Before TV”.

Of course, it’s not the first time the Green Brigade have opposed UEFA. The European governing body have fined Celtic more than €500,000, according to former CEO Peter Lawwell [Daily Record].

Anti-fascist demonstrations, Palestine flags and other political messages have been enjoyed worldwide, but met with sanction from UEFA.

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This banner, too, is likely to be met with a furrowed brow by the lawmakers in Geneva.

Green Brigade in riposte to UEFA ahead of Celtic v Ferencvaros ahead of kick-off

In fairness, it’s hardly the most friendly kick-off time for Celtic supporters. So many will have had to have taken half-days, at their own expense in some cases, to see their team in action.

It’s also more than a bit ridiculous that the game couldn’t be played at night, if it had to be on a Tuesday. Admittedly, it gives opportunities around the world in terms of broadcasting. For local fans, though? It would’ve been a real headache for the vast majority with a ticket.

It’ll be interesting to see how, if at all, current acting CEO Michael Nicholson responds. Because from Celtic’s point of view, they were disadvantaged by the kick-off time, in terms of potential match-day revenue, and lack of respite for the players.

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Still, the board will probably be bracing themselves. A fine will surely be coming the way of Celtic from UEFA once the Ferencvaros game is done.

We doubt the Green Brigade will lose any sleep over that, though.

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