The European football headquarters (UEFA) started a disciplinary case against Scottish Celtic after the team’s fans raised the flag of Palestine, reports TASS.
The Times newspaper reported on November 1 that Celtic had banned a large group of Green Brigade fans from attending matches after repeatedly displaying Palestinian flags in stadiums during football matches. Members of one of the oldest fan associations, which has been organizing protests in support of Palestine since 2012, have had their membership cards cancelled. The biggest conflict between the management of the club and the supporters happened on October 25 during the home match of the group stage of the Champions League against the Spanish Atlético Madrid (2:2).
“Proceedings have been launched against Celtic Football Club for a possible breach of an article of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations for “using gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit provocative messages that are not in accordance with the spirit of sport, in particular provocative messages , which have a political, ideological, religious or offensive nature. UEFA’s control and ethics committee will make a decision in the near future,” the headquarters said in a statement./BTA