Celtic FC face heavy ramifications from UEFA, after orchestrating a political demonstration for Palestine.
A large section of fans waved Palestinian flags during Celtic’s Champions League clash with Israeli club Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
This isn’t the first time seeing Celtic FC protesting for Palestine. In 2014, the Scottish fans were seen flying the Palestinian flags against KR Reykjavik, an Icelandic club.
The protest was organized by a group named – ‘Celtic Fans for Palestine’. The group created a Facebook event: “Fly the flag for Palestine, for Celtic, for Justice”. John, an organizer of the group spoke to Al Bawaba website about their support for Palestine at Celtic Park.
“Radical politics and Irish politics has always existed in Celtic Park,” John explained. “When the first Intifada broke out, that’s when support for Palestine in the club really started.”
UEFA’s strict policy against political banners, demonstrations and chants, will see Celtic in more hot water.
In the last five years, Celtic have been fined eight times for breaching UEFA rules and regulations in European competitions.
Celtic FC has been forced to pay over £100,000 in fines in the last decade.
The rap sheet
(as seen in the Daily Record)
* December 2015: Fenerbahce (A) – £10,000 for improper conduct of team as well as flares
* March 2015: Inter Milan (A) – £5850 for improper conduct of team, £3650 fine for flares
* February 2015: Dinamo Zagreb (A) – £7400 fine for inappropriate crowd behaviour
* July 2014: KR Reykjavik (H) – £16,000 fine for illicit banner
* December 2013: AC Milan (H) – £42,200 fine for illicit banner
* July 2013: Cliftonville (H) – £4200 fine for flares
* March 2012: Udinese (A) – £21,000 fine for flares and illicit banner
* December 2011: Rennes (A) – £12,700 fine for illicit chanting