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Celtic hit with UEFA charge over ‘crowd disturbances’ during Zagreb game

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UEFA have hit Celtic with their fifth charge in three years for ‘crowd disturbances’ during their match with Dinamo Zagreb, the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will hear the case on 19th February 2015.

A statement from UEFA read: “Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Europa League Group D match between GNK Dinamo Zagreb and Celtic FC played on December 11 in Croatia.”

The charge relates to a breach of article 16 (2) (h) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, dealing with crowd disturbances.

The rule states: “All associations and clubs are liable for the following inappropriate behaviour on the part of their supporters and may be subject to disciplinary measures and directives even if they can prove the absence of any negligence in relation to the organisation of the match any lack of order or discipline observed inside or around the stadium.”

With Celtic now facing their fifth charge in a relatively short period of time, Celtic could face more severe sanctions from UEFA.

Sanctions include matches at Celtic Park being played behind closed doors, with specific stands closed or a ban being placed on supporters from travelling to a number of future away games in Europe.

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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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