Celtic respond to Ann Budge’s Hearts statement

Celtic have issued their own statement in response to Ann Budge's comments. Picture: Contributed

Celtic have issued their own statement in response to Ann Budge's comments. Picture: Contributed

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CELTIC have responded to comments made by Hearts owner Ann Budge by highlighting the treatment of their fans and first team squad on a typical trip to Tynecastle.

Budge released a statement earlier today where she condemned the behaviour of both sets of supporters for creating an atmosphere which was “threatening and intimidating”.

She then went on to express her disappointment that a police report included vandalism and intimidating behaviour by members of the away support towards staff in the Roseburn Stand.

A similar statement on the Celtic website agreed that they would wish to work with Budge to ensure future games are played in a less hostile environment.

However, these intentions were expressed after Celtic reminded Budge of the recent history between the two clubs.

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The statement read: “As recent years have shown, the fixture between Heart of Midlothian and Celtic at Tynecastle Stadium has become a difficult one. This follows various incidents, including an attack on the Celtic manager and continued sectarian abuse directed at Celtic management, staff and players.

“Celtic representatives met with Ann Budge and her Executive team yesterday and were made aware of particular issues which arose at the match on Sunday.

“In addition to these issues, missiles were thrown into the Celtic support, a Celtic supporter sustained injuries at the match after being hit with coins, and sectarian abuse was again directed at Celtic staff and players. We are also aware of a home supporter again attempting to enter the field of play at Tynecastle, this time to approach one of our players.

“We are addressing these matters with Heart of Midlothian and welcome the desire of Ann Budge to seek a positive and enjoyable matchday experience for all football supporters at Tynecastle. We look forward to working with her to achieve this.

“Celtic supporters have a long and proud record of positive support for the Club. Our fans have developed an excellent reputation and this is something we cherish and wish to preserve.

“It is very important to note that the vast majority of Celtic supporters and Scottish football supporters behave impeccably at matches. With regards to the reported incidents at the match on Sunday, we would like to re-iterate that any form of offensive or inappropriate behaviour is contrary to our core values and the “Club will deal with those responsible in the appropriate manner.

“We share the concerns expressed by Ann Budge and her aim to eradicate all forms of offensive behaviour from Scottish football.

“We can assure Heart of Midlothian that we will be pleased to continue to co-operate with them fully to ensure that all issues from this match concerning both sets of supporters are addressed.”

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