Some supporters have hit back at Celtic’s statement on supporters’ use of pyrotechnics.

The club were yesterday charged by UEFA for the use of flares during our 2-0 Europa League win over Cluj on Thursday night. It comes just a month after we were similarly charged for an incident in the 4-1 victory over AIK.

Celtic have been fined for flares used in the 2-0 win over Cluj on Thursday (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic today told their supporters in no roundabout way that flare use has to stop. It was a strongly-worded statement, and you could feel the anger coming from the club on the issue. It’s something that UEFA continually crackdown on, and Celtic are often at the centre of their charges.

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But not all supporters were in agreement with the club on social media. Instead, reacting on Twitter, there were voices in the support that hit back at the statement.


Club has a tendency to be hypocritical, but this could hurt Celtic

It may not be long before UEFA start getting seriously tough with Celtic on flares. However, supporters have a right to feel that the club can, at times, be a little hypocritical on the issue.

Celtic fans in the Green Brigade section have a history of using pyrotechnics during European matches. This has led to consistent run-ins with UEFA in the past. However, there is a clear case for a safer use of pyrotechnics in football stadiums.


Pyro was in clear use during the Scottish Cup final in May (Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

This is a system that particularly seems to work in the MLS. However, it’s been something the club have consistently said they’re against. But there’s also no denying that the club can look to profit from it in their own way when it suits them.

It’s an issue that seriously divides Celtic supporters. A big section want fans to stop using them altogether. They believe it only hurts the club financially. However, there is also a sizable section that feel that pyro adds something to the atmosphere at football.

Celtic supporters continue to give the team incredible support (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

That can’t be denied. And, when it comes to this issue, there doesn’t look to be an end to the problem in sight. Celtic will continue to encourage their supporters to stop using them. Whether they listen remains to be seen.

When push comes to shove, however, hopefully it doesn’t lead to a partial stadium closure.


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