A while back, probably after the last UEFA imposed fine over Celtic fan behaviour, I suggested on one forum that it might not be a bad thing if one of our pyromaniac fans got a taste of their own medicine. These fireworks put people at risk with a total disregard to the safety of everyone in the immediate vicinity.
The other thing that is guaranteed, is punishment by UEFA. It also harms our reputation as a club and a fan base.
Sadly, for some within our support, this is seen to be perfectly acceptable. If you happen to be one of these morons then you are acting irresponsibly and selfishly.
I suggested a wee while ago that the next time some clown does this, it might not be a bad thing if they injured themselves in the process. It was a flippant comment, but behind it there was an element of a lesson learned with my intended statement.
There appears to be no end to this idiotic behaviour. In fact many see nothing wrong with it, even if they aren’t prepared to light one up themselves, just happy to enjoy the show.
So it was my opinion that perhaps it might take a serious injury to get the message across that this was not okay. All that seemed to do was provoke those reading my comments.
UEFA imposed fines don’t seem to be delivering the communication clearly enough. My suggestion was aggressively shot down for wishing harm on one of our own, even akin to the mindset of our rivals across the city and that if I had to say this directly to one of our pyromaniacs, they’d kill me where I stood.
Wow. I was stunned.
If my son was at a match and got injured or blinded by some idiot setting off one of these flares off next to him, I’d probably want to kill the culprit. Of course when I suggested this as an example of what could go wrong I was accused of trying to cover my tracks.
I was obviously missing something here. Either that or those who went on the defensive/offensive have missed the point entirely.
To outline the general consensus from that debate, it seems to be okay for our ‘no pyro, no party’ perpetrators to set off a pyrotechnic. Amongst a crowd who are immediately at risk and without a choice in the matter.
When someone innocent gets blinded or burnt that’s acceptable. If the guilty party gets their comeuppance, that’s seen as wishing harm upon them.
This is the mindset of some folk. Within our own support I might add.
We like to think of ourselves as the best fans in the world. On our day we can be – see Seville.
When our owns fans get our club punished and without showing any remorse, I question that. Seriously, I do.
I got dogs abuse for wishing injury upon a pyromaniac. I’ll bet these are the same folk that levelled abuse at Ryan Christie last weekend.
Yet another example of moronic behaviour. Do people never think of the consequences of their actions?
Christie ended up deactivating his social media account. What about the psychological impact of that?
In the last year we’ve come to learn of the difficulties Leigh Griffiths was facing. We flocked to support him whilst bashing those who chose to poke fun at him or make stuff up.
The impact that over-criticism has can become borderline abusive. I’ve gone slightly off topic now, but on #WorldMentalHealthDay2019 I think it is important to point out the consequences of our actions.