Celtic Diary Wednesday March 6: More Power to The Shields

Chris MacLaughlin, the BBC reporter banned from Ibrox for attempting to tell it like it is, a breach of company policy in itself, presented a report last night that claimed one of Scotlands clubs hasn’t had a safety certificate for its stadium for nineteen years.

Nineteen years.

That means its quite likely that you or I have attended a sporting event that took place at a venue that the local authorities have not seen fit to deem suitably safe for such a purpose.

We can rule out Ibrox , of course. The club there has only been in existence for seven years so it cannot possibly be them.

So who is it ?

In fact, a number of questions arise from this revelation.

Firstly, why on a matter of public safety , is a public broadcaster not allowed to say which club it is ?

And who told them not to say it ? And why did they agree to their demand?

It’s not enough to say that a stadium isn’t fit for purpose, which merely sounds like a piss poor attempt to avoid future litigation in the event of a tragedy, because quite simply a public broadcaster by definition must inform the public of anything that is in their interest.

And i would wager that the possibility of being killed or injured at a sporting event due to a lack of proper safety rules and regulations being adhered to and officially approved would be in the public interest.

Its certainly in mine. Maclaughlin ventured timidly into what is acutally a serious failing on the part of the authorities..

Concerns over the issuing of safety certificates have been raised by the Football Stadium Officers Association (FSOA).

A FSOA spokesperson said: “We identified a lack of consistency among local authorities in the discharge of their responsibilities as to the licensing of stadiums – specifically the issue of safety certificates.

“We have raised these concerns with the Scottish government, Cosla and the relevant football authorities.”

 

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) president Alison Evison said the body takes the licensing of stadiums “very seriously”.

She continued: “We have a strong record of safety on football events activity.

“Scotland’s councils engage with partners to ensure the protection of our local communities who attend football matches and other events across the country.

“We treat our community safety role with high priority.

“Going forward if there are improvements identified of course local government and Cosla will work positively with partners to find solutions.”

May I suggest an alternative solution ?

How about someone telling us which ground isn’t safe enough for us to attend ? 

It seems Ms Evison takes the licensing of stadia- I’ll help MacLaughlin with his grammar- but not actually the safety of those inside them.

 

MacLaughlin appears to have an advance copy of the thorough investigation held by Police Scotland into, er policing at football matches.

At the Celtic-“rangers ” game last year, the police introduced new entrance and exit points, which appeared to cause confusion among fans..

Fans climbing out of the ground

Instead of opting for the traditional and more commonly used technique of using gates to pass between solid objects, supporters were forced to use their own initiative to exit safely, and the police immediately announced they would ask each other why it didn’t work.

The report is out later today…but I’ve got a sneak preview as well… I’ll just give you a couple of the key phrases to look for..

“Mistakes were made on all sides ”

“Lessons have been learned ”

“We will look earnestly into what we can do to prevent a recurrence ”

 

Celtic , of course, commisioned a report onto the Janefield Underpass chaos themselves, which seems to be lost in the post somewhere.

One hopes that they aren’t awaiting the outcome of the police report to make sure they’ve got their story straight..

 

In the meantime, ring or email your local authority. Ask them for written confirmation that the grounds in your area are up to date with their safety certificates.

They cannot be allowed to sweep this under the carpet. Something is badly wrong with an industry that is knowingly selling a dangerous product, and there’s something badly wrong when local authorities and public broadcasters are covering it up.

For nineteen years…

 

If its not fan safety its sectarianism, the word politicians use to describe any public order or discriminatory act they they can’t be arsed doing anything about. In case they are deemed to be, er , sectarian.

Its left to the media and others to offer their usual solutions to a problem that they actually encourage as it sells their rags.

The usual suspects offer the usual answers to questions that they daren’t actually ask anyone who could do something about it, largely because they know they won;t get an answer.

High on the list of suggestions is to end what they term “Apartheid Schools “, claiming that separating children from their pals at the age of five fosters the divisions that in later life explode into violence , hatred and intolerance on the streets.

Ignoring the fact that it doesn’t happen anywhere else in the Christian world, those who may be deemed perfectly intelligent in their normal day to day lives are convinced that Billy and Declan, who presumably live side by side on one of Scotlands innovative multi cultural housing estates , would have been the bestest of pals had one of them not been forced into religious indoctrination at an early age.

Image result for celtic and rangers fans happy

Their solution ?

Close the catholic schools.

Their reasoning ?

Actually, reasoning doesn’t come into it. Not in the slightest. Not now, not ever.

The real reason ?

Image result for catholic schools t shirt etims

I think you can still buy that t shirt on here somewhere. And I think you should.

And please, let me know if you get arrested for a hate crime.

Probably by someone who didn’t go to a catholic school.

 

Then there’s the issue of violence in stadia ( Look, MacLaughlin, the correct plural, but then again, I went to a catholic school.) towards players.

Scott Sinclair has yet to be asked by anyone in the media why he feels he’s been a target on sevral occasions of opposing fans..

Sinclair, a family man, happens to be black.

Could that possibly be the reason ?

Are the media afraid to ask him not because they are afraid of the question, but that they are afraid of the answer ?

Sinclair is a family man, married to a tv star. He’s a high profile footballer north and south of the border, playing at a high profile football club. He’s used to the limelight and the attention, but in Scotland some of that attention has a nasty edge to it..

His homelife and preference for privacy removes the “he brings it on himself ” tag…which leaves only one conclusion.

Surely the media are not deflecting from a serious issue here ?

Its a very small jump from “sectarianism “which sells papers, to racism, which doesn’t sell anything, and more importantly would see sponsors and tv companies drop Scottish football quicker than an EBT from the club accounts.

 

When the papers talk about sectarianism, they are hiding a much more serious issue, by simply making up a word for it.

When the police investigate crowd safety, they are investigating their own safety, and their own accountability.

And the clubs ? Well, they don’t give a toss..

Hibernian said they’re ever so sorry but the tellymonitors at Easter Road are just as fucking useless as the stewards, and so they haven’t actually got footage of the person who threw the bottle at Scott Sinclair.

Questions after Hibs cant identify bottle thrower

Can confirm bottle was noted in Refs report?

Can confirm any follow up action to be taken for poor stewarding, policing and monitoring

Or do we all just move on nothing to see here… 

That would be “c”, and we don;t need to phone a friend.

 

The football supporter is used by everyone as an excuse to do what they want.

One and a half per cent of the Scottish public attend matches on a regular basis, a higher proportion than anywhere else in Europe.

Yet those who are paid to protect us and to ensure a safe environment repeatedly blame us, the customer, for their own failings.

My hope is that the report commissioned by Celtic into the Janefield Near Tragedy is truthful, and does not shirk from its responsibilities.

Then again, I hope for a lot of things…

 

It could all be so different…after all, who could be fail to be touched by news such as this ?

 

The players have had a wee break, the manager has had a wee look at Bayo, and now has a fair idea of how good he is.

You can’t blame Lennon for not including a guy he knows nothing about in the last couple of games.

Bayo is probably a little bit bewildered right now…he’s moved across Europe , on the recommendation of two guys who couldn’t wait to get out of the door.

More broken promises, and more proof that someone had only his own best interests at heart when he he said he had ours.

Really, does anyone think any of our players are stupid enough to fall for the Rodgers Routine twice ?

 

Some of you may have recognised this story yesterday..

Derek Crothers initially penned the artcile on here “Inside the World of Scottish Refereeing “, which was subsequently picked up as not being about Resolution 12 and carried forward into the national media.

Derek deserves praise for coming out and saying what all of us have been thinking, and one hopes further debate is taken to a wider stage.

 

Its another brick taken out of the wall of corruption  that surrounds Scottish football.

 

Persistance does beat resistance, and we haven’t gone away, you know.

 

We have to go back to Monday for the last caption competition..

Andrew Coyle March 4, 2019 at 10:33 am · Edit · Reply →

Caption,right what was my excuse after the red imps game.sorted 

Today.. with news that Lee Congerton is set to follow his former boss out of the exit door at Celtic Park, we wonder if thats what they are speaking about here..

Image result for lee congerton celtic

 

 

 

 

 

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D'Fhinnein Mick
1 year ago

RALPH

Bad enough that he didn’t tell us the name of the ground,but he has now edited out all reference to it here.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-47459485

Devoy45
1 year ago

Ralph, excellent article.Depressing, but excellent.

Mike A
1 year ago

Great article and great to see the refs story spreading. I hope it’s ok Ralph, I told the Scottish Football Supporters Association about it and they asked for a link to the article which I didn’t know how to do so copied and sent them the article. Hope that was ok.

Caption: Don’t care how many tanning salon coupons you offer me, I’m not taking you to Leicester.

mcklintop
1 year ago

Caption: Boss that’s the Dallas Cowboys on the phone. Are we needing any quarterbacks?

Mike
1 year ago

“Bravo Bravo” I’ve been waiting for this one all night and so I can say in all honesty. “He shoots, this one WAS the winnaaar”.
Here’s a wee message for the Cosla president Alison Evison who said
“Scotland’s councils engage with partners to ensure the protection of our local communities. We treat our community safety role with high priority.” Well fucking do it and stop pandering to the Orange Order and stop the hate marchers walking the streets of the same local communities. Do we need to see them every week peddling hatred, OH that is culture but its the Kulture of the Klan and if you do not see that, then our communities will never be safe. If we can educate primary school youngsters about the new kinds of families, men with men, woman with woman trans with trans, surely we can educate them that Sectarianism is a form of hatred. Open and inclusive my arse.. open your eyes and walk the walk.

Dougie B
1 year ago

Chris McLaughlin went to a Catholic School….

1 year ago
Reply to  Dougie B

…So.

1 year ago

Caption.lee,get off those gay websites.when i asked you to check out some fit young players i meant at football,

5TB
1 year ago

Caption

LC; Hold on Moussa, Brendan is next to me actually. He’s off boss, seemingly you’re a two faced big headed fanny. His words, not mine.

BR; Teeth bleaching at 11. Sun beds at 1. New portrait at 3….eh?

5TB
1 year ago

Caption

LC; If I casually play with my cock through my trousers, just like Brendan is, will that make me look cool too?

jimmybee
1 year ago

Good diary another great one ?
yesterday was pish.:)
The BBC is now in the gutter with the likes of the daily ranger and the current bun.
The violence at Aberdeen wasnt sectarianism the violence against hibs wasnt sectarianism the stabbings of supporters of another club from Europe wasnt sectarianism. It has one common denominator the Klan.
The no Catholics allowed by the sfa since 1872 by a football club was. No action taken.
The fans murdered as they walked their way down the streets of Glasgow and Lanarkshire because they wore the green was.
The abuse the violence the bullets through the post to Neil Lennon and prominent Celtic supporters was sectarian and racist. The incidents involving Scott Sinclair are racist.
Yet we are as bad as them?
We must stop those who have brought disgusting songs in our name.
Clean up our act now and let them know it’s not us that has the problem its the hate you give.

Cartvale88
1 year ago

Caption
I’ve got. U a part in Jesus Christ Superstar, oh great one

The constant deflection of all things Hunnsh is sad, OO does not cause hatred it is a cultural phenomena. The Evening Radger tried to claim yesterday that the majority of people in Glasgow like the walks, with a ridiculous survey. All sensible people should not buy these rags, as that allows their agenda to continue.
Only the pesky Irish/Catholics and their bloody schools cause sectarianism.

jimmybee
1 year ago

Great read this says it all really.
eurosport.co.uk/football/premi…

Weered
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

jimmybee… That piece just about got thing right…

jimmybee
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

Best article I’ve read on it weered. Hope you and yours are all well m8.

Weered
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

jimmybee…all doing well… thanks for asking…
Yourself?

jimmybee
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

All good m8 thank you

kevlar
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

i read this, and like you i think its the most accurate and best read regarding the whole sorry scenario that was BRs time at Parkhead. lies damn lies. great post Jimmybee

Buddiebhoy
1 year ago

Do the police ever take thrown bottles for fingerprints?
Instead of ref picking it up and handing it to steward to render it useless for prints, leave it for police to lift and take prints.

jimmybee
1 year ago
Reply to  Buddiebhoy

It’s probable been.passed around like a said book at school m8 no chance of finger prints anyway.

jimmybee
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Scud book that it is ^

Uralius
1 year ago

Caption: McTominay you say? I thought you were after Mcginn…..

BJF
1 year ago

Caption “ Need to bring some of the fans in too, how much will Monti cost?”
Rumours Lenny wants to keep Boyata, how much would it cost us get a similar centre half in, one tho doesn’t know the club, Scottish football etc £5m? ( Believe mecghey all have a mistake in them.Really impressed with Lenny going to Forfar to see the “ reserves”, good attention to detail. I went to Forfar once, if you haven’t been that’s probably ok.Havent been to Peterborough, sent Ralph.

1 year ago

Fucking grammar queen!secret Scotland yer joking? Ask the Tory Plc about secret agreements

Honest hoops
1 year ago

Caption; we have a cash out now offer to us leaving!!

jimmybee
1 year ago

Always happens doesnt it. Whit ye want for dinner oh if yetr going oot get me wan of those steak mince rounds oot the butchers. Aff the fish man ya dafty its ash Wednesday. Ahhh ffs 2 slice of smoked then.No easy this Catholic thing I blame the schools. 🙂

jimmybee
1 year ago

Caption : Its Leicester boss ohhh keep talking Lee im takin a boner. Fuckin prick.

Iancelt67
1 year ago

Caption
Brendan you’re heads too big for your body

Iancelt67
1 year ago

Caption
It’s mothercare on the line Brendan Charlie mushiness football boots have arrived

Iancelt67
1 year ago

Musonda.

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: There’s a boy in Bearsden selling designer suits in your size on Gumtree boss.

jimboh
1 year ago

CAPTION……….

LC ” Right BRENDA you get LICKSTERSHIRE to Pony up the COMPO then I’ll agree with PL to go early if they pay up in full the rest of my Contract. Then we will Divi up 50/50 just like after the Sunderland gig.”
BR ” OK just be sure to ask them for a Loyalty bonus as well. Now if you don’t mind I’m still trying to see where it is that I’m supposed to put that Knob of the Week award that etims sent me.”

charlie
1 year ago

monsieur greens back lookin furra bigger chateau this should be fun

charlie
1 year ago
Reply to  charlie
charlie
1 year ago

oops links urny playin

charlie
1 year ago
1 year ago

Good to see Lewis Morgan doing well wae Sunderland

Good to see my old t-shirt creation up there…best thing I ever did for this site bar approve Monti for posting comments

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  desimond

🙂

1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

PISSSHHH

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

Very onomatopoeic.

1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

CHA… Almost po etic

1 year ago

The COSLA president’s real name should be Alison Evasion.
What kind of protection and safety of the public allows hate marches by the O.O against Irish people, Catholic people and Celtic supporters. . . unless it suits your agenda.

Mike
1 year ago

Saturday the 19th. 1957. “Glorious and Victorious” Celtic 7- them’s 1.

Oh what a day, we blue them Huns far away,
Everything went our way,
The fuds in blue were in the stew,
By our Celtic play.
Oh what a day! Hamden, Hamden in the sun,
Celtic seven “Rangers one.

BJF
1 year ago

desimond: So you are to blame!

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: Boss the player’s an alumunus of the Ajax academy, I have the transfer datum required, but the medium I leaked it to sent a paparazzo. Do you want to roll the die or is the deal geesed, eh goosed?

Fuck’s sake Lee have you been reading ETims again?

The Cha
1 year ago

Caption “Boss, do you think they’ll still be putting up pictures of you over a week after you leave rather than the new manager?”. “Yes, they Just Can’t Get Enough”

Monti
1 year ago

Wonder what Margaret Thatcher is doing tonight, this Ash Wednesday?

1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

G`day Monti.
I myself impute.

Well she`s definitely no ordering Desimonds` t-shirt but the rumour is
you`re to auxiliary ETim T-shirts around Celtic Park.

Neil Luvs Dedryck. 🙂

This is how we`re to feel to be Celtic…
Dedryck Boyata`s here for 11 in a row and 12 in a row!

Can we witness Lennon and Keane at Celtic Park before all of us Da`s cark it?

Would be fun!

Bobby Murdoch’s Crumpled Up Chip Wrapper
1 year ago

Caption

“I don’t even like football Brendan”

D'Fhinnein Mick
1 year ago

Nice moniker.

Uralius
1 year ago

Caption: BR: I feel inadequate because you can ruin me with another Commper, that’s why I’m nervously holding my junk.
Lee: I’m holding my dick because after Commper you know I’m inadequate and won’t take me with you.

Mike
1 year ago

Ooops another ex referee speaks out backing Derek Crothers claims of nepotism, ineptitude and cronyism. “Guys like Dallas are making mistake after mistake, but nothing is done about it”, says former referee Charlie Richmond. As he backs Derek to appoint former referee Peter Walton to review and reform the SFA refereeing laughing stock balloons. Who needs to breath in laughing gas when these muppets are refereeing our games. Decisions are being made with no rhyme or reason, they alone know why they take the decisions that lets face it can win or lose games. And then sshhh its a secret, with never any explanation. Seven years ago Richmond went public to voice his concerns, so when one individual calls out the cronyism he can be called bitter, but when two sing the same song in public, you and the readers know that there is a problem and a big one at that. But back in his hoose in Lanarkshire John Fleming employs his deflector coat and hides behind the sofa and Maxwell goes into hiding, hoping the shit storm passes. And breathe, time now for the managers and players to add their voice to the throng of complaints…

Mike
1 year ago

Don’t sign these two players!

Fulham once had a player called Abdeslam Ouaddou, his nickname was “Seaside” as in Ouaddou like to be beside the seaside….. Or

The former Everton and Manchester City defender, Neil (disa) Pointon.

Puggy67
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Mind when Celtic were in for a Dutch player called Shoppe and if he’d signed the midfield would have been Glavin, Burns, Shoppe. Allegedly…

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  Puggy67

In the Real Madrid verses Eintracht Frankfurt European cup final at Hamden in 1960 Eintracht had a player called Stinka, he scored one of Eintracht goals, apparently. Canny be worse than Rafal Schidte.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Roberto Lopez Ufarte of Real Sociedad.

Mike
1 year ago

I just knew, that you would come up with a Frank Carson, its a cracker… When are you gonny put your fingers into your sporran (after you remove the padlock) and buy me a drink? your like Peter Brady the invincible mahn..

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

We’ll need to meet up in the not too distant future Mike. I has been a while.

Mike
1 year ago

Look forward to it Henke, its been too long!

Southside Bhoy
1 year ago

Caption
Bringiton Ringers “What do you think Lee?”
Congotown “Not even close to a Browny stauner”

Salad Queen
1 year ago

The joke was conn man glavin burns shops.

puggy67
1 year ago
Reply to  Salad Queen

aye – that wasn’t yesterday – my only other Celtic related joke is what’s the diffrence betwee Rolf Harris and Kenny Dalglish? They both have a beard except Kenny Dalglish. Nonce issues aside it was that weird jokes in the ealry 80s period. Punk’s fault I reckon.

Mike
1 year ago

As Gianni Infantino is shown around the Cove Sevco, Hewchter teuchter stadium, he asks Mcrae, where is your VAR set up, oh, its up yon pole your eminence. But is it switched on, oh no your eminence, it only goes on when the wind blaws in from the north. Is that right, aye that’s yon north pole…

Ring ring, whaw is it, its me Zizi, Florentino Perez the Presidenti of Real Madrid, fuck aff ya clown.. Ajax, cleans every kind of sheep shite from yer breeks if yeh scrub it.. hard.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Ajax are vermin, let’s not be forgetting that ya fanny 😉

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

V. (I) sniff sniff…

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

(*) 🙂

jimmybee
1 year ago

Wee Ole knows what it takes brilliant tactics by the man in charge at man Utd.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Jimmybee,
Was enjoyable watching Neymar scream & squirm from the touchline…..what’s all that fucking bling about?
Maybe he could sell it & give the proceeds to the families in the favela’s?

Monti
1 year ago

Caption: ” Boerrigter’s agent on the line boss”

Mike
1 year ago

Open, Transparent, Honest-ly The motto of the SFA.

Sat. 9th march Celtic via Aberdeen (bring your sheep shears) 3-0 pm kick off, what, that cannot be right.
Sunday 17th March Dundee (bonny) Via the champions of the world, 12.30 kick off, get your free jute bag as you enter enemy territory.
What that canny be right, there no Tories in Dundee.
Sunday 31st.March. Celtic via the smelly, League winning day, with a 12.00pm kick off. Hurra for the Tic.
Wednesday 3rd of April, St. Mirren away, kick off, wait for it, 19.45 pm, when the Paisley supporters get out of their scratchers.
Saturday 6th April, Celtic via Livingston. WhooHoo.
And then we do the splits.
On another note, Naisy looks glekitt as his injury looks set for him to miss the rest of the season, Whoop Whoop Whoop.

1 year ago

“Sittin` on the end of the limb cuttin` in.”

Brendan Rodgers.

Caption:
Brendan, Pedro`s just battle cried us.
“There can be only one to siphon.”

flinker
1 year ago

There was a german olympic skier called fanny schmellin.

charlie
1 year ago
Reply to  flinker

is she any relative of all the schmellin fannies who congregate in ipox

charlie
1 year ago
Reply to  charlie

ralph why not have a fanny schmellin award weekly to compliment oor knob ae the week and stop yer mysogyny ur are ye scared ae the beard ha ha ha ha

charlie
1 year ago
Reply to  charlie

a nominate karen bradley

1 year ago

There`s a cure for Football Players egotism.

Go for the messages with your Mammy and your Granny.

Paris SG & Internazionale Milano take heed.

Weered
1 year ago

THATS BOLLOCKS

Weered
1 year ago

CS… HE CAME FROM A LONG LINE OF MINGES…

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