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Should Celtic be punished?

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Celtic's fine 2-1 victory over European champions AC Milan was marred by a thoughtless fan who ran onto the pitch and appeared to strike Milan goalkeeper Dida.

Whether Dida was justified in going to ground after what seemed to be a cheeky slap, all Celtic fans could now pay for what happened.

That would be a crying shame for the competition seeing as the club has been commended for its support by Uefa and Fifa in the recent past and Celtic fans are renowned for their vast and vocal support.

In 2005 Dida was struck by a flare thrown by Inter Milan fans in a Champions League tie and on that occasion Inter were thrown out of the competition and force to play their next four European games behind closed doors. They were also fined 132,000.

Should Celtic's punishment be as severe as the one handed out to Inter? Should they be made to pay for one fan's stupidity?

Do you fear what might happen after a great European performance?


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comment by Winiel (U9895188)

posted Oct 5, 2007

Fernando get over it your team did a great job but so did CELTIC bring on Benfica

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posted Oct 5, 2007

Should Celtic be punished??.. I would say YES, and I'm a Celtic fan! No club is above the law, even those laid down by football's governing body. I would like to think that ALL aspects of the incident, from the security breach, to the "attempted murder" of Dida by this moron will be properly taken into account. From a personal P.O.V. I would hit Celtic with a monetary fine, hand Dida a 6 game ban for his theatrics, and I'd certainly demand a full report from both Celtic's security chiefs AND Strathclyde Police. To run from one side of the field to the other without being intercepted by either body is totally unbelievable! Whatever the fine imposed on Celtic is, Strathclyde Police should pay on the club's behalf, as they also failed to do their job properly! Their job was to uphold the law, and ensure the safety and security of EVERYBODY in the stadium, including Dida!.. Or will THEY (the police) get away with taking money from Celtic under false pretences??

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posted Oct 5, 2007

Dida is a disgrace to the sport and should be banned from european football for life.

The fan should not be banned, he wont do it again, so why punish this fan whose only crime really was the joy of seeing his team beat the european champions ?? Ban him for a season maybe but life? Everyone makes mistakes..
Give the guy a break.

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posted Oct 5, 2007

Ban Dida or something, the guy was plainly trying to cheat. After taking 3 or 4 huge steps to chase the guy, he decides he will fall down in agony. If I didn't dislike him so much, I would have to laugh. As for Celtic, leave them unpunished. They have a great fan base and one muppet can't account for their excellent behaviour as a whole.

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posted Oct 5, 2007

Disagree. I'm from Denmark myself. Our game against Sweden was called off early by the ref. This games wasn't!!

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comment by Lucky_C (U2032801)

posted Oct 5, 2007

I think being ordered to play behind closed doors would be incredibly harsh, whilst a points deduction would just stink of corruption towards Milan. The 'fan' has been dealt with, questions need to be raised about Celtic's security arrangements as well as of the police - it didn't seem like he was at all confronted at any point.

As for Dida, he should be banned from European competition for the remainder of the season. He was blatently trying to cheat, has made himself look like an idiot - UEFA should act to stop him making idiots out of them.

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comment by Bilby5 (U9522636)

posted Oct 5, 2007

The topic should be: Should Milan be punished for a blatant attempt to pervert the result of the game by the obvious acting of their goalkeeper? What a disgrace.

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comment by tremont (U2735060)

posted Oct 6, 2007

A few years ago, Eric Cantona threw himself two-footed at a Crystal Palace fan. He got banned for six months.

The Celtic fan shouldn't've been on the pitch. And he gets banned for life.

UEFA and the clubs have absolutely no respect for their fans.

It stinks.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

It worries me that there are football fans out there whose views on policing the game verge on the crypto-fascist and who can't distinguish what's fair and what's the norm. Of course Celtic should be punished for the lapse of security, nobody's suggesting otherwise, but looking at it through blue-tinted spectacles and calling it a 'disgrace' is preposterous. In any other sport this would be kept in perspective as the minor incident it was. Missiles being thrown onto the pitch, INCLUDING the AC-Inter firework and the Celtic-Rangers coin, merits serious action. The Sweden-Denmark involved a real assault, and the game was abandoned. If you can't distinguish these events your comments are worthless. 'What if he'd had a knife?' He didn't - you can't assess an event on the basis of some imaginary scenario. And isn't it heartening to see some people claiming that wholesale racist abuse and hurling rocks at a team coach is less serious than some pranny getting over-excited and needling a goalie ...

Although it might have been better managed, the reason for the security breach was that as the Celtic players ran to the opposite touchline to celebrate the goal a surge of fans caused a hoarding to collapse - the police and security guys all headed in that direction to prevent SERIOUS injury. Would UEFA rather they hadn't?

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