Photo Of The Day: Celtic Fans Given FIFA Fair Play Award

Today’s photo of the day takes you back to 2004 when Celtic hosted FK Teplice in the UEFA Cup. The evening saw the Hoops cruise to a 3-0 victory, Henrik Larsson putting Celtic 1-0 up inside the first two minutes. However, the focus of our feature is on the pre-match proceedings when Sepp Blatter held a Celtic shirt with Fair Play 03 on the back, as he made a presentation to the Celtic supporters, gifting them the FIFA Fair Play award for 2003.

The award came after 80,000 Celtic fans had gone to Seville for the UEFA Cup Final and there had been no arrests, even after drinking the city dry and losing the match in agonising circumstances.

Upon handing over the trophy, Blatter said “Celtic fans you are great, you are marvelous.”

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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