St Johnstone ban flags and banners for boxing day match

St Jonstone have decided to ban flags and banners at this weeks match on Boxing Day.

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The Perth club added: “As with all fixtures, alcohol, containers, smoke bombs and pyrotechnic flares are not permitted in the ground and again, appropriate action will be taken against anyone in possession of such items who is breaching ground safety regulations or involved in any criminal activity.”

The club also confirmed spot checks will take place on buses.

However a uturn happened this afternoon which a decision was made to allow Celtic fans to bring banners and flags to the match.

We have an excellent relationship with everyone at St Johnstone FC and we thank them and the police for reviewing their initial decision. Football is about colour and atmosphere and creating a positive occasion for all and everything should be done to ensure that such an event can take place.

“However, it is also imperative that the safety and the well-being of fans is given paramount importance and in this regard we share the obvious desire of St Johnstone FC and the police that all matches take place in a safe environment. We do not need or welcome any form of pyrotechnics at matches and clearly any continued presence of these does nothing for Celtic Football Club or our supporters.

“Celtic has already had discussions with our main supporters’ representatives and we have been assured that our supporters will again back the Club in the right manner at McDiarmid Park. With the team currently unbeaten in the League we want our fans to come and enjoy the game safely in a positive atmosphere – and hopefully celebrate the Club continuing this great run over the festive season.”

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