Celtic have been fined £7,300 by UEFA after crowd trouble during their Europa League group match against Dinamo Zagreb.
It means that Celtic have now been charged and fined five times in three years, by Europe’s governing body over the behaviour of a section of their support.
Trouble erupted as fans clashed with police following flares and smoke bombs being set off from within the Celtic end specifically in the area where Green Brigade members were housed – with pictures showing fans in Green Brigade merchandise beside those who set off the pyros.
Celtic lost the match 4-3, but despite that they still qualified for the last 32 and a week ago they drew 3-3 in the first leg of their tie with Inter Milan at Celtic Park.
UEFA imposed the fine ahead of Celtic’s second leg tie tomorrow night against Inter at the San Siro.
Following the announcement, A Celtic spokesperson condemned those involved in the trouble, the statement on the official website read: “Clearly everyone is extremely disappointed that the behaviour of only a handful of people and in particular the use of flares, have led to a further fine from UEFA.
“We have repeatedly called for the use of flares to stop. We cannot and will not allow the safety of our supporters or the reputation of our great club to be compromised by the actions of a tiny minority.
“It is time those responsible understand the damage this does to the club they claim to support.”
Celtic assistant manager John Collins, called on those Celtic supporters travelling to the game on Thursday night to behave and hopes the troublemakers are weeded out.
He said: “We are obviously disappointed. We had 60,000 last week (for the first leg) and it was unbelievable behaviour from every one of them, the atmosphere. And that is what Celtic is all about.
“One or two (are) causing problems and hopefully that is the last we hear of it. They are representing a wonderful football club and throughout the years the vast majority have been impeccably behaved and we have a great reputation throughout Europe. One or two we have to try to weed out.”
Since 2011, Celtic have been fined nearly £88,000 by UEFA over the actions of their fans.
In 2011, they were fined £12,600 for pro-IRA chanting and singing during their Europa League home match against Rennes. The following year they were fined £21,000 for unfurling a banner which said F**k UEFA and setting off flares in the game away to Italian side Udinese.
2013, saw the club fined £4,200 when a pyrotechnic was set off at Celtic Park during the Champions League qualifier against Cliftonville. Last year a fine of £42,000 was imposed on the Scottish Champions for “illicit” banners being unfurled during the home defeat to AC Milan befoe today’s £7,300 fine.
The majority of the incidents noted above were down to the self-confessed ULTRAs group, the Green Brigade, but despite issuing warnings to the group on numerous occasions and suspending them temporarily following damage done during a game against Motherwell at Fir Park – this element of support continue to bring negative headlines, fines and further charges upon the club they profess to love.
The question is will Celtic weed them out as Collins stated? What will it take for them to be weeded out? Or should they be weeded out of the support? We want your thoughts.