Celtic fined over supporters’ flags

Celtic fans lift up hundreds of Palestine flags at the start of the UEFA Champions League, Qualifying Play-Off 1st Leg between Celtic and Hapoel Be'er Sheva at Celtic Park on August 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Celtic have been fined €10 000 by Europe’s governing body UEFA over Palestinian flags displayed by fans during their Champions League match against Hapoel Beer Sheva last month.

Home fans flew the flags before and during the match against Israeli opposition at Celtic Park, drawing a charge from UEFA, who viewed the flags as “illicit banners”.

The charge was the ninth levelled at the club by UEFA in recent years for supporter misconduct.

UEFA’s disciplinary body has fined them in each case.