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The National (Scotland)
The National (Scotland)
Ewan Paton

Bhoys Celtic stage walkout protest over Green Brigade ban

A Celtic fan group staged a walkout protest in solidarity with the Green Brigade during tonight's match against St Mirren,

Bhoys Celtic members decided to leave their section of Parkhead just a few minutes into the Premiership match, as they made their feelings clear on the season ticket ban imposed on the Green Brigade.

The ultras were yesterday informed that 250 tickets had been suspended pending further review following recent 'unacceptable behaviour'.

The group's absence could be seen tonight prior to the game, with the north curve section of the ground looking rather sparse.

Now, the Bhoys have walked out of the game, just as St Mirren had scored, as they protested against the board's decision to lockout their fellow fans.

In a statement, a Bhoys spokesperson said:  "Bhoys Celtic and others in our section left our area a short while into tonight's match.

"While we would like to be in the stands giving the team our backing, this step was taken to demonstrate that we do not accept the Celtic board's decision to ban the Green Brigade and North Curve members from Celtic matches.

"Like many Celtic fans, we believe the reasons outlined by the club to come to this decision are a smokescreen. We do not accept these reasonings, nor the club's overreach in deciding to collectively punish hundreds of fans.

"As a fellow group at Celtic who exist to back the team vocally and visually, we oppose the dangerous precedent this sets and note the hypocrisy of the board and those at Celtic who are happy to celebrate the cultural and political tendencies of our fanbase when it suits their commercial agenda.

"There will be no normality from us while this absurd and entirely avoidable situation is allowed to continue."

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