Celtic fined €15,000 for Conundrum clue banner protest at 3.30pm kick-off Europa League match

Rather than praising over 50,000 Celtic supporters for delivering one of the biggest crowds in European football that week despite the kick-off time being shifted to 3.30pm on a Tuesday afternoon, UEFA have instead issued the club with €15,000 fine.

It has been confirmed this afternoon that Celtic have been fined by UEFA over a banner displayed by the North Curve/Green Brigade during the Europa League match against Ferencvaros on 19 October, which Celtic won 2-0.

Fans of Celtic display a banner in protest against UEFA prior to the UEFA Europa League group G match between Celtic FC and Ferencvarosi TC at Celtic Park on October 19, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The banner was protesting against the bizarre and inconvenient kick-off time for the match has been deemed to be anti-UEFA and has been was described as “provocative and offensive” by the organisation’s control ethics and disciplinary body. As a result Celtic and the club have been fined €15,000

The banner, which depicted the TV show Countdown and included the letters FCUKUFEA, was seen as a criticism of the decision to schedule the match as a 3.30pm kick-off to avoid a clash with Champions League games being played later that evening.

Underneath the main banner was a second one which read: “Conundrum clue: Fans before TV.”

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  1. Corrupt. Shameless. Obsequious to the big leagues. And corrupt. UEFA are not fit for purpose. The Champions League is a money merry go round for the big tv nations. The hand outs are catastrophically lopsided. And nothing will ever change. The only organisation more corrupt in world sports is FIFA.

    Mon the Hoops! 🍀

  2. Totally agree with you
    Fans mean nothing to them although the super league was morally wrong its hard to criticize clubs wanting out of the jurisdiction of UEFA

  3. Shocking to say the least, maybe we should just protest by turning our backs at the musical entrance, no banners no chanting,the kick off time was terrible ,traffic congestion all over Glasgow and workers forced to take time off to watch their football team while EUFA officials sitting in the best seats getting PAID.