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Saturday 22 September 2018

Celtic fined €23k

The banner which cost Celtic a €23k UEFA fine. Pic: PA
The banner which cost Celtic a €23k UEFA fine. Pic: PA

Celtic have been fined just over £20,000 by UEFA for crowd offences in their home Champions League qualifier against Linfield.

The Scottish champions were fined €23,000 euros over "illicit banner" and "blocked stairways" charges.

UEFA said the first charge related to a banner portraying a person in a paramilitary uniform.

Celtic had already taken action themselves following their 4-0 win on July 19, condemning the banner display and closing a 900-capacity area of the safe-standing section of their stadium for the goalless third qualifying round first leg against Rosenborg on Wednesday.

The Parkhead club explained they were closing the "Green Brigade section" for two matches after "serious incidents of unsafe behaviour" at their previous two home games.

The ultras-style group had previously fallen foul of the club with a pyrotechnic display during the last home game of last season against Hearts.

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