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Celtic hit with UEFA fine for Bobby Sands banner

The news is a further blow for the Scottish champions, who imposed bans on 128 supporters on Monday following crowd trouble in a league fixture at Motherwell.

UEFA HAVE IMPOSED a €50,000 fine on Celtic for displaying illicit banners in the Champions League encounter with Milan.

Proceedings were opened against the club on 27 November after certain sections of the crowd unfurled banners that paid tribute to Bobby Sands. Celtic, who lost the fixture 3-0 at Celtic Park to crash out of the competition, insisted the banners were not approved by the club.

But UEFA decided to take action, and the Glasgow giants have urged supporters to avoid a repeat of any such behaviour in future.

A statement on the club’s website reads: “Celtic can confirm that UEFA has today imposed a €50,000 fine on the club following the display of illicit banners at the recent match against AC Milan.

“Clearly it is extremely disappointing that the club must pay another sizeable penalty following the actions of a small minority, particularly given the previous assurances which were made to the club and the widespread understanding of the likely outcome of such actions.

“Regrettably, due to previous charges being brought against the club, again following the actions of a small minority, the fines imposed by UEFA are increasing in scale.

“It goes without saying that such actions must stop now, before the club receives a competitive sanction or one which would affect our supporters attending European matches.”

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