Neil Lennon calls for end to chants
Thursday 17 November 2011
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has repeated his call for fans to stop the chants that have brought a UEFA charge against the club.
The European governing body instigated a charge of "illicit chanting" following songs sung during the Europa League win over Rennes on November 3, while Celtic were reported to the Scottish Premier League over IRA chants heard during a goalless draw against Hibernian days earlier.
Lennon urged fans to stop the chants in May, a call repeated by chief executive Peter Lawwell last month, and he again pleaded with them to stop embarrassing the club.
Lennon told the Scottish Sun: "To be honest, we are better than that as a club and we always have been, we just don't need it.
"We are and always have been a club open to all and we do not have issues around sectarianism.
"We have our own values and traditions but they do not include these chants.
"We don't want them at matches and they must stop."
The chants are believed to originate in a group calling themselves the Green Brigade, who occupy a small section of Celtic Park.
"The irony is that the section of fans we are talking about have added a new dimension and vibrancy to Celtic Park," Lennon said.
"We know even within that section that it's only a tiny group of fans that are involved in this.
"I feel that 95 per cent of what these fans bring to the game is positive and adds real atmosphere, but we need to make sure all the negative stuff is removed."
Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift
Follow the latest events from this Champions League fixture
Like Madonna, Sister Cristina Scuccia's video is also set in Venice
Singer says the track was 'force-fed down people's throats'
techThe original free dating app will remain the same, developers say
Latest in Sport
Luis Suarez: Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo
Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies from spine injury after doing somersault celebration
Arsenal vs Hull: Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan lead criticism of Arsene Wenger after 'uncomfortable' interview with Jacqui Oatley
Adel Taraabt criticism from QPR boss Harry Redknapp sparked by player walking out of team meeting prior to Liverpool game
West Brom vs Manchester United player ratings: Saido Berahino scores highest, whilst Marcos Rojo scores lowest
- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
Lord Freud hangs on as MPs of all parties 'call for his head' over disability comments