Celtic 3-1 Atletico Madrid – That’s UEFA fines, €29k to Celtic and €3k to them

UEFA have fined Celtic €29k for three ‘offences’ relating to the Champions League group stages match against Atletico Madrid on 25 October at Celtic Park…

Celtic’s latest fines, issued by UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body, are related to ‘blocking of public passageways, lighting of fireworks and for a ‘provocative message of an offensive nature’ and the total cost of that is €29k.

The ‘provocative message of an offensive nature fine is the most costly at €17,500. What this actually relates to is unclear at this stage, with media reports now linking this to the Palestine flag display. Then there’s a €3,500 fine for the fireworks and €8k for the blocking of passageways. That claim re the Palestine flag display is incorrect as Anthony Joseph from Sky Sports clears up, saying: “It’s understood Celtic’s fine by UEFA for “a provocative message of an offensive nature” is not for the thousands of fans waving Palestinian flags. It’s believed to be for a flag which had the PFLP logo on it.”

Meanwhile Atletico Madrid have also been fined for their fans lighting fireworks at Celtic Park in a match that ended in a 2-2 draw. The La Liga side also got a warning for improper conduct due to five or more players being booked. It’s like 1974  all over again!

UEFA, as previously reported, did not include the Palestine flag display in their charges but have got their usual ‘nice little earner’ from a game at Celtic Park.

This matter is highly likely to be discussed at the Celtic PLC AGM which gets underway at Celtic Park shortly. Here’s Sky Sports reporting on the latest batch of UEFA fines for Celtic, and calculating that the €29k fine that Celtic have been hit with works out at approximately £25,250.

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