Celtic have banned 128 of their fans from all their home and away matches after a section of their support caused £10,000 of damage at Motherwell.
The Scottish Professional Football League could now take action against Celtic when its match delegate’s report lands at Hampden and reveals the extent of the vandalism and pyrotechnic displays which marred their win at Motherwell.
An estimated £10,000 worth of damage was caused to seating in the middle lower area of the South Stand at Fir Park, just above where a Green Brigade banner was displayed.
A Celtic statement read: ‘Following events on Friday evening at Fir Park Stadium, Celtic Football Club today announced that it has issued precautionary suspensions against 128 individuals preventing them attending matches involving Celtic, pending further investigation.
While Celtic are preparing to take on Barcelona in their final Champions League game of the season on Wednesday, the Nou Camp clash has, for now, been overshadowed by scenes Celtic described as ‘appalling’.
A flare was let off in the same area before the game while two green smoke bombs were thrown into the goalmouth, one of them landing yards from Hoops goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
A missile also flew from the Celtic support not far over the head of the England goalkeeper just after Kris Commons opened the scoring in Celtic’s highly-impressive 5-0 Scottish Premiership triumph.
Police Scotland is looking into the ‘significant damage’ caused to seats and it counted 18 smoke bombs, three fireworks and one flare were set off. No arrests were made inside Fir Park.
Celtic have launched their own investigation while the Green Brigade fans group has also condemned the vandalism and admitted it should have self-policed its section more effectively.
A Green Brigade statement read: ‘Firstly we do not condone the breaking of seats nor do we welcome pyrotechnics being thrown on the park. We as a group are as disappointed as any about such indefensible behaviour and regret that it happened on our watch.
‘Whilst it was not members of our group behaving in this manner, we accept the fact that these actions took place behind our banner in what was an unofficial “Green Brigade section” and furthermore that the fans within this area are associated to our group whether they are members or not.