Celtic fined for ‘illicit banner’ shown at Hapoel Be’er Sheva qualifier Pro-Palestinian protest results in £8,635 fine by UEFA


Celtic have been fined £8,635 by UEFA for displaying an ‘illicit banner’ during their Champions League qualifier against Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body found Celtic guilty after reviewing footage of the game on August 17.

In a brief statement, Europe’s governing body said that it took action against Celtic FC as the flying of the “illicit banner” contravened Article 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.

The Scottish champions progressed to the group stages of the competition after beating the Israelis 5-4 on aggregate.

Meanwhile, two more Celtic fans have been arrested after effigies of Rangers fans were hung from the stands during the recent Glasgow derby at Celtic Park. The mock hangings of two blow-up sex dolls, one with a Rangers scarf, the other with an Orange sash – was widely condemned.

Two men, aged 22 and 27, were arrested over the incident and follows the arrest of a 27-year-old man last week.


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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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