Celtic and Rangers hit with UEFA fines - as Hoops’ anti-monarchy banners deemed ‘not fit for a sports event’
The two Glasgow giants have both been cited by European football’s governing body.
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The Hoops were fined £13,269 (€15,119) over an anti-monarchy banner displayed by travelling supporters ahead of their match against Shakhtar Donetsk in Poland last month.
One banner which read ‘F*** the Crown’ just days after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II death was draped from the away section of Legia Warsaw’s Municipal Stadium, while another read ‘Sorry for your loss, Michael Fagan’ in reference to an intruder who broke into the Queen’s bedroom in 1982.
Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body launched an investigation and have branded the display as containing a “message not fit for a sports event (ie, a provocative banner)”. The charge has been issued under Article 16(2)(e) DR of the UEFA regulations.
The Parkhead club were also fined a further £3,731 (€4,250) for the use of pyrotechnics set off at one corner of the stadium during their opening group stage fixture against Real Madrid last month. The charge was deemed punishable under Article 16(2)(c) DR of the UEFA regulations.
It means the Scottish champions will now have to stump up almost £17,000 in total following the actions of a small minority of their fanbase.
Meanwhile Rangers have received a £12,284 (€13,998) fine for “improper conduct of the team” during their 3-0 defeat to Napoli at Ibrox on September 14.
The Light Blues picked up six bookings during the tie, including two which resulted in defender James Sands being sent off.
The club also disregarded Uefa’s rules by singing the national anthem ‘God Save The King’ prior to the match but the governing body have decided that no action would be taken.