Celtic hit with a €15,000 fine over illicit singing


The disciplinary hearing took place on Friday, but due to a backlog the announcement was only made this afternoon.

Celtic were charged after Strathclyde Police match commander Eddie Smith complained to the UEFA match delegate about pro-IRA chanting.

Despite the SPL last week ruling that the club had done everything they could possibly do to cull ‘unacceptable conduct’ from the terracing, after the same match commander reported the singing of same said ‘illicit songs’ to the SPL in a match against Hibernian. UEFA have came down hard on the Scottish Premier League side as they show the Scottish football bodies and the club itself that they won’t be a soft touch.

A Celtic spokesperson said: “We received notification of the fine this afternoon with no detail. The Club is currently considering its position.”

Will this sanction now force those who sing pro-IRA songs into ending their ditties or will it take further sanctions possibly a ban on fans attending a game to end the sing-alongs?


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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