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UEFA charge Celtic (again) over supporters' Palestinian flag display

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Protest: Uefa have brought charges against Celtic.


Celtic will be punished by UEFA after supporters unveiled Palestinian flags in the first leg of their Champions League play-off against Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

The governing body has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Scottish champions after fans flew the flags before and during the match against the champions of Israel at Celtic Park.

UEFA confirmed the charge on Friday, saying: "Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League play-offs, first leg, between Celtic FC and H. Beer-Sheva FC (5-2) played on 17 August in Glasgow (Scotland)."


The charges against Celtic FC are over the display of an illicit banner under Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disicplinary Regulations.

This case will be heard on 22 September.


The charge is the eighth levelled at the club by European football's governing body in recent years for supporter misconduct.

A fine has been the sanction of choice by UEFA's control and disciplinary body in each case.

But there is the prospect Celtic could be hit with a partial stadium closure as a result of the actions of their fans, or even face a ban on supporters travelling to future European matches.

UEFA's policy is such that if disciplinary measures have to be imposed for offences of a similar nature within a five-year period, that is seen as an aggravating circumstance and increases the likelihood of a great punishment.

Celtic were fined after fans previously waved Palestinian flags during their 2014 Champions League qualifier against KR Reykjavik at Murrayfield.

In February this year, the club were forced to pay €13,000 over crowd trouble and "improper conduct" by the team during their Europa League match against Fenerbahce.

Edited by The_Bhoy_1981

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This is my view on it 

sad days when you can be fined for flying a flag of a country what if we had a palastinian player what then? We've seen flags of lots of different countries flown at cp they can't pick and choose I expect Celtic would win this one if they actually took it to court but no doubt we will just accept the fine .

heres something I've stolen from fb


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Statement from the green brigade

Following Celtic’s 5-2 win over Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva, supporters group the Green Brigade issued a statement explaining their decision to hold a pro-Palestine protest during the Champions League qualifier at Celtic Park.

The controversial supporters group explained that the protest was to show ‘support for the Palestinian people and fly the flag for Palestine’ and not an attack on the Jewish people.

The Green Brigade statement, read: “Prior to last night’s match with Hapoel Beer Sheva a collective of Celtic fans and Palestinian activists in Glasgow called on fans to show our support for the Palestinian people and fly the flag for Palestine. Like many fans throughout the stadium, the Green Brigade answered this call. 

“From our work with grassroots Palestinian groups in the West Bank and the refugee camps of Bethlehem, we know the positive impact international solidarity has on those living in the open prisons of the Occupied Territories. We also know that their suffering cannot be ignored by the international community and last night’s actions also sought to raise awareness of the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS) campaign which seeks to challenge the normalisation of the Israeli occupation.

“Some have argued that football and politics do not mix, including European football’s discredited governing body. In Palestine, however, there is little dispute. The occupation has seen the Palestinian national stadium destroyed twice by Israeli bombs and footballers killed, maimed and imprisoned. In 2013 we were proud to welcome Mahmoud Sarsak, a Palestinian international footballer detained without crime or trial for three years in an Israeli prison, to Glasgow. Mahmoud had only recently been released from prison after a 96-day hunger strike and widespread international protest. 

“The BDS campaign builds on the success of earlier anti-apartheid campaigns. In the 1980s fans and citizens protested against South African sports teams and ultimately shamed the authorities into excluding apartheid South Africa from sporting activity. The late anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, whose death was marked by a minute’s silence at European matches on UEFA’s instructions, famously remarked that ‘we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians’. Mandela was right, and like the wider Celtic support we will continue to fly the flag for Palestine. 




“The response we have had since last night [Wednesday night] has been overwhelming, with messages of support pouring in from our fellow fans, human rights organisations and the global Palestinian community. We would like to thank them sincerely for their backing and tonight reiterate our support for justice and freedom in Palestine. 

“We also understand that a downmarket tabloid newspaper may run a story suggesting our group in some way misled Celtic plc and told them that we would not be displaying our support for Palestine. This is a complete fabrication and we condemn anyone who spreads smear stories attacking football fans to The Sun.”

UEFA announced on Friday afternoon that they have charged Celtic with breaching their rules over an ‘illicit banner’ displayed during Wednesday’s game against Hapoel. The Scottish champions will learn their punishment on the 22nd September.

What is your take on the Green Brigade’s protest on Wednesday night?

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A #ThanksCelticFans hashtag is going viral following Celticsupporters showing their backing for Palestine at their Champions League clash with Hapoel Be’er Sheva last night.

It was expected that a sizeable portion of the Hoops support would protest for Palestine as the Israeli champions visited Parkhead.

And that’s exactly what happened, as many gathered outside the stadium pre-match to fly Palestine flags and lay banners.

The support continued inside the ground too, with the Green Brigade section holding Palestinian flags aloft as the teams made their way on to the pitch at kick-off.

While the acts may land the club in trouble with UEFA and attract criticism from other quarters, many of the Palestine population have taken to social media to thank the Celtic supporters for their backing.

Using #ThanksCelticFans on Twitter, the messages almost unanimously show gratitude for the gesture of the Hoops faithful:

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Celtic will travel to Israel next week for the second leg of their Champions League play-off tie with Hapoel with a 5-2 lead after a memorable game at Parkhead.

The Hoops were 3-0 up at half-time through a Tom Rogic strike and two Leigh Griffiths goals.

But Hapoel hit back with two quickfire second-half goals before Moussa Dembele and Scott Brown netted to round the game off.



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very proud of this

whatever oofa think the world has noticed

and applauds....

*btw: when the "keep politics out of sport" crowd start spraffing you might want to ask them: why exactly are an israeli team playing in a EUROPEAN football competition...... huh?

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