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Linfield dish out lifetime ban to fan who sang sectarian songs at Celtic Park

The Northern Irish club say they will also continue to co-operate with the PSNI over events of the first leg at Windsor Park.

Celtic's Scott Sinclair celebrates scoring in the game in question.
Celtic's Scott Sinclair celebrates scoring in the game in question.
Image: Presseye/Bruce White/INPHO

LINFIELD HAVE HANDED one supporter a lifetime ban from the club after he was convicted of sectarian abuse during their recent Champions League qualifier.

The Northern Irish club faced Celtic in last week’s second leg in Glasgow, which ended in a 4-0 victory for the Scottish treble-winners.

A Belfast man was arrested for singing the song Super Rangers, and he earned a fine from the Glasgow Sheriff Court after pleading guilty to the offence.

Now Linfield have issued a statement to confirm that he will no longer be welcome to their games.

“At Monday’s scheduled Board Meeting the Directors of Linfield Football Club issued a lifetime ban to an individual convicted of a criminal offence in Glasgow during the away leg of our Champions League tie against Celtic,” the statement reads.

“All indications so far are that this individual was neither a Club Member nor a season ticket holder and we have begun an investigation to establish how they were able to obtain a match ticket.

We continue to co-operate with the Police Service of Northern Ireland over the events of the first leg and are hopeful that individuals who have now been identified will shortly appear before the courts.

“Linfield note that the local courts have the power to issue banning orders against individuals convicted of criminal offences in football stadia and would be fully supportive of such punishments being invoked in the event of convictions arising from this match.”

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