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Celtic fined by UEFA after fans set off flares during Europa League tie

Rail seating at Celtic (Jeff Holmes/PA)
Rail seating at Celtic (Jeff Holmes/PA)

Celtic have been fined £10,400 by UEFA after their fans let off flares during their Europa League group stage win over CFR Cluj.

The Scottish champions won 2-0 at Celtic Park, however the victory was marred somewhat when they were hit with a UEFA charge after the game.

It is the 18th time in 12 years that Celtic have been punished financially by UEFA, with this their second of the season after a similar incident away to Swedish side AIK.

The incident in Stockholm saw them charged £11,013, and Celtic released a strongly worded statement saying enough was enough.

"Following the latest UEFA charge against the club for the use of fireworks at Celtic Park , it is with real disappointment and frustration that the club needs to appeal again for this behaviour to stop," read the statement.

"The club has been sanctioned on numerous occasions and yet, very disappointingly, this behaviour by a small minority persists.

"The serious safety concerns associated with such behaviour are obvious, as is the reputational damage which this behaviour and these charges have on the club. In addition, the numerous financial penalties placed on Celtic continue to come out the pockets of supporters who invest in the club.

"Celtic will be introducing further measures in order to deal with this behaviour. It has to stop.

"The club does not want it, our supporters do not want it and UEFA will continue to punish the club whenever it occurs as it is a clear breach of their regulations. It really is as simple as that.

"Given the number of repeated offences, we should also be very aware that there could be further, very serious repercussions which could have hugely detrimental consequences for the club and our supporters. It is hugely unfair that the enjoyment of Celtic matches could potentially be affected by the negative behaviour of a tiny minority."

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