Dec 14, 2013, 1:30 AM
Location: Outer Cheltenhamshire
Team(s): Cheltenham Town
Commenting on the possible incorrect usage of the words "Right Honourable" is just in your case, Chris - as it is surely the sort of comment we might expect from you. If you feel justified in using it because it is a quotation then I would expect you to use quotation marks.
Now, if I am allowed to add my two pennyworth without being overtly political, the ban is on any overtly political display, regardless of the cause. Hence if I displayed a banner to show my undying love for the right honourable member (I think correct in this instance) for Witney and/or the policies he espouses, then this too could earn a fine. [For the record, it would also be lying - I voted in his constituency, but against the MP for Witney in the last election].
Hence both displays of Bobby Sands and William Wallace are overtly political. I suspect that Wallace is currently being used by Scottish Nationalists in their campaigning for independence, (although I am not following the issue closely). I assumed that the point the Green Brigade was making, for which one needs to read the words and not just see the pictures is to suggest hypocracy in the message put out by a political group in Scotland (again, I would guess at the SNP). The wording is "The Terrorist or The Dreamer, the Savage or the Brave? Depends whose vote you're tryng to catch or whose face your trying to save". If I have understood the question correctly then I believe it is a serious question for a political arena, but not necessarily one for a football stadium.
As for the football question, the low (albeit increasing) levels of fines against Celtic suggest that UEFA do not take the offence seriously, and just want to be seen to be doing something, rather than actually to do something.
Two other points come to my mind, firstly this is not a small minority, the banners cover a large area of the ground and imply the tacit acceptance, at least from a good portion of those in the area.
Secondly, should UEFA (and/or FIFA) ban all political banners and slogan shouting at football. In countries where protest gets one arrested, the ability for crowds to take advantage of the anonymity of the group to make their protests heard amy be a trait we should celebrate, rather than condemn.
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