UEFA’s control and disciplinary body made the decision to fine the SPL league leaders on the 23rd February, but it was only announced this afternoon.
A Uefa spokesperson said: “It is nothing out of the ordinary that it wasn’t announced then. We can have 100 cases at the monthly meetings. Celtic did not appeal.”
Celtic fans held aloft a two-part banner which said F**k UEFA, days after the club were fined around £12,700 for ‘illicit chanting’ from the club’s supporters during a Europa League game against Rennes at Celtic Park.
During the Udinese match, several flares were set off and one was thrown onto the pitchside track. Celtic banned one fan for life following his arrest over the alleged assault of a club steward, and who the club said was one of those responsible for the banner.
Despite Neil Lennon and chief executive Peter Lawwell hitting out at the rogue elements within the Celtic support, the day after the game, and despite the club vowing to sift through photographic evidence to find those responsible for the flares, no further action has been taken against any other fans and the whole issue looks to have ended with today’s announcement from UEFA.