Celtic Football Club were yesterday fined €15,000 by UEFA after UEFA upheld an allegation that a section of the Celtic support had engaged in the singing of songs banned by Europe’s football governing body during Celtic’s recent Europa League match against French Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais.
Commenting after the UEFA announcement yesterday, a spokesperson for the Scottish club said, “We were notified of the fine this afternoon without further detail. The club is considering its position.”
UEFA had opened an investigation following an allegation that a section of the crowd had songs lauding the Irish Republican Army (IRA) during Celtic’s recent match against the French club which Celtic won 3-1 in Glasgow. UEFA regulations prohibit "the use of gestures, words, objects or any other means to convey the wrong message at a sporting event, especially if it is political, offensive or provocative."
Recently, Celtic had escaped punishment from the Scottish Football Association (SFA), when faced with a similar allegation of offensive chants during a Scottish Premier League match against Hibernian on 29th October. The SFA determined that the club had taken all necessary steps to prevent “unacceptable conduct" of its supporters and Celtic escaped punishment on that occasion.
In the past, UEFA have also handed down punishments to Celtic’s great city rivals Glasgow Rangers including a ban on supporters attending matches.
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