Celtic fined for anti-royalty fan sign in Champions League

Celtic fined for anti-royalty fan sign in Champions League

NEW YORK, Switzerland (AP) – Scottish champions Celtic have been fined 15,000 euros ($14,600) after fans displayed an anti-monarchy banner at a Champions League game days after Queen Elizabeth’s death, UEFA said Tuesday. .

During Celtic’s 1-1 draw with Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk in Warsaw on September 14, a chant about the British crown was revealed.

Celtic have historical ties to the republican movement in Ireland and many fans have traditionally opposed the British monarchy.

UEFA decided that it was a “message that is not appropriate for a sporting event (ie a provocative banner).

In another case from recent European games, Red Star Belgrade were fined 20,000 euros ($19,400) for provocative, illegal chants by fans in a Europa League game against Monaco. Also, Malmo was fined 17,500 euros ($17,000) and Viktoria Plzen 10,000 euros ($9,700) for making “provocative messages of a provocative nature”.

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