Dundee Football Club chiefs say the authorities have failed to identify Celtic fans who caused disorder at a recent match.
Supporters in the away end at the Premiership fixture on October 31 set off smoke bombs and allegedly threw pyrotechnics towards the home fans.
No arrests were made on the night – but police vowed to investigate the fans’ behaviour “with a view to identifying those involved in criminal behaviour and taking appropriate action in due course”.
Dundee fans at Dens tonight. Apparantly the stewards were telling some guy to sit down cause he was provoking the Celtic fans. Then a flare gets thrown into the pitch. Cue this
Posted by Scottish Football Away Days on Wednesday, 31 October 2018
However, a statement issued by Dundee FC in response to a number of issues being raised by fans said: “CCTV footage was reviewed at the time and post-match in an attempt to identify the culprits but unfortunately nothing conclusive could be found from the five cameras positioned within the ground.
“Some police officers are equipped with body cameras and portable CCTV equipment.
“CCTV images were recovered, however there has been no identification of the individuals to date. It is not unusual for persons to be identified at subsequent matches, sometimes even elsewhere in the country and appropriate action taken at that time.”
The club added that matchday procedures would be reviewed after a “small number” of fireworks and smoke devices were smuggled into the game. Meanwhile, the statement also addressed complaints that standing during some games and sectarian singing was not being tackled.
Dens Park chiefs said there was “very little” stewards could do to tackle such issues when dealing with such large travelling supports, though incidents can be reported to the SPFL, which can then take action “if they deem it appropriate”.
Policing at the Celtic game cost Dundee FC £3,952 – significantly more than the £1,364 paid out for officers to cover the Hearts match the previous week.