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Celtic hit with £8,615 fine by UEFA for fans’ Palestine flags:

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UEFA have fined Celtic £8,615 over their fans’ support of Palestine in August's 5-2 victory against Israel's Hapoel Beer Sheva.

The Hoops were found guilty of the charge for having an "illicit banner" by Europe's governing body.

Celtic have now been punished nine times in five seasons by UEFA for their supporters' behaviour, including a fine of around £16,000 two years ago after a Palestine flag was displayed at a Champions League qualifier against KR Reykjavik.

The UEFA rule in question forbids the use of "gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly messages that are of a political, ideological, religious, offensive or provocative nature".

Celtic fans have raised more than £172,000 since the UEFA charge as they look to raise money for Palestinian charities in a 'match the fine' campaign. Many of those supporters were critical of UEFA's decision to charge the Scottish champions.

The initial target for the JustGiving page was £10,000 but that has been blown out the water and has since risen to £188,800 in reference to the club's founding year.


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