Dundee defend removing Celtic fans’ Irish tricolour which led to clash with stewards

Celtic fans clashed with police and stewards before and during their Ladbrokes Premiership game with Dundee.

Celtic fans celebrate victory over Dundee. Picture: SNS

The away support were unhappy with their treatment at Dens Park.

Fans Against Criminalisation, who successfully campaigned to have the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act repealed, tweeted: "Police today in Dundee were a disgrace. Assaulting fans, shouting abuse, denying entry for standard banners and then, on St Patrick’s Day no less, removing an Irish tricolour from a fan and ejecting them. The recent hysteria has fuelled this madness and could have caused a riot."

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Footage also picked up a steward removing an Irish tricolour during the game from the away end, which saw a Celtic fan jump down to try and retrieve it.

Dundee managing director, speaking to STV, said the flag was removed because it was blocking an advertisement.

He said: "The flag itself was taken down because it was covering up a board that was paid for by patrons that support the club.

"That's the only reason it was taken down."

Celtic supporter liaison officer John Paul Taylor tweeted: "I'd be interested to get some feedback on the management of fans at away games this season, equally happy to provide details on the match planning process and our role on match day at away grounds."