UEFA have hit Ajax with a £21,000 fine after their fans displayed what they called an ‘offensive banner’ during their Champions League group game last week against Celtic, which the Eredivisie side won 1-0.
The banner, unfurled in the home end at the Amsterdam Arena on, carried a sectarian message in the same section as the ‘F-side’ hooligan group of Ajax fans.
A statement from UEFA, read: “The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has fined Ajax for the improper conduct of their supporters and specifically for the displaying of an offensive banner at the match against Celtic on 6 November in Amsterdam.”
Ajax announced that they would be recovering the fine from those Ajax fans responsible for the banner. In a statement on their official website, Ajax said: “Ajax have been fined by UEFA after a banner appeared on the stands of the Amsterdam ArenA during the match against Celtic FC. The banner was aimed at Ajax’s opponents that night. UEFA imposed a fine of 25,000 euros.
“The possible penalty for such an offense is a fine of 50,000 euros plus the closure of some parts of the stadium at the next European home game. After a prompt and adequate response from Ajax the fine was halved and the partial closure averted. The penalty will be recovered from those responsible.”
Ajax are still to hear their fate after disturbances involving their fans during the match against Celtic in Glasgow, where the Ajax fans damaged around 300 seats and threw them at stewards, police and home fans, all the while trying to break through the security cordon to get to home supporters and onto the pitch as they saw their side go down 2-1 to Neil Lennon’s side.
Meanwhile, investigations are still ongoing following clashes between Celtic fans and police in the Dutch city ahead of the match, which led to six Celtic fans appearing in court, as well as allegations of police brutality – backed up by photographic and video evidence.