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http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnis...en-1669772.html

Those charming men. . .

By Ian O'Doherty

Thursday March 12 2009

Second only to Scousers, Celtic fans carry more chips on their shoulder than a branch of McDonald's.

Quick to express any sense of offence, they exhibit a sense of entitlement that would make a Cork man blush with shame.

And still they wonder why we hate them.

Well, if you're looking for a good example, how about Celtic fans' web message board, the huddleboard.com, which has really been covering itself in glory -- by gloating over the murder of those two soldiers in Northern Ireland.

After one fan posted a picture of a gun made out of pizza dough, another posted: "Dominos Special Offer for British Soldiers. Buy one pizza, get a second topped for free. Apparently, they are making a killing."

The website refused to remove the comments, saying they don't censor or editorialise.

Which is fair enough -- but will any of these brave Celtic fans dare to drop by the Massereene Barracks to share their sophisticated wit with the grieving squaddies?

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Follow up to that article.

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnis...ps-1673949.html

Oops, touched a nerve perhaps?

By Ian O'Doherty

Monday March 16 2009

Oh dear. It seems this column might have upset some of those lovely, charming and utterly adorable Celtic fans.

You may recall that ISpy wrote last week about 'jokes' posted on a Celtic message board celebrating the murder of two soldiers in the North.

Well, apparently, you're not allowed to point out that maybe these brave Celts would like to share some of those jokes with the dead soldiers' army colleagues.

This prompted a barrage of support from Celtic fans who were embarrassed that fellow fans would engage in such cowardly actions and they wanted to express how sorry they were about the whole affair.

Actually, that's not true. They went mental

A sample of the correspondence: "Here fatboy if you hate Celtic fans so much why don't you take a trip over Glasgow on matchdays and tell us to our faces.Donj't just site there behind your crumbfilled keyboard at that filthy fascist rag spouting like hardman,you know where our ground is,get your big fat shitey arse over."

Obviously, this column isn't worthy of cleaning up such wonderful copy, so we printed it as it arrived.

Thank you, mattynor @yahoo.co.uk for sharing your thoughts with the nation; you really are a testament to the club you support.

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Follow up to that article.

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnis...ps-1673949.html

Oops, touched a nerve perhaps?

By Ian O'Doherty

Monday March 16 2009

Oh dear. It seems this column might have upset some of those lovely, charming and utterly adorable Celtic fans.

You may recall that ISpy wrote last week about 'jokes' posted on a Celtic message board celebrating the murder of two soldiers in the North.

Well, apparently, you're not allowed to point out that maybe these brave Celts would like to share some of those jokes with the dead soldiers' army colleagues.

This prompted a barrage of support from Celtic fans who were embarrassed that fellow fans would engage in such cowardly actions and they wanted to express how sorry they were about the whole affair.

Actually, that's not true. They went mental

A sample of the correspondence: "Here fatboy if you hate Celtic fans so much why don't you take a trip over Glasgow on matchdays and tell us to our faces.Donj't just site there behind your crumbfilled keyboard at that filthy fascist rag spouting like hardman,you know where our ground is,get your big fat shitey arse over."

Obviously, this column isn't worthy of cleaning up such wonderful copy, so we printed it as it arrived.

Thank you, mattynor @yahoo.co.uk for sharing your thoughts with the nation; you really are a testament to the club you support.

Great work, already on it.. (tu)

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