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'It has to stop': Celtic issue plea to fans after UEFA charge club as fireworks allegedly set off in Europa League win over Cluj

UEFA has fined Celtic 17 times since 2007.
UEFA has fined Celtic 17 times since 2007.

Celtic has issued a lengthy plea to supporters after the club has once again been hit by a UEFA charge.

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Scottish champions after the alleged setting off of fireworks at the group-stage fixture against Cluj last week.

It follows an £11,000 fine issued for fans setting off flares and throwing objects during the 4-1 Europa League play-off second-leg win over AIK in Stockholm in August. That was the 17th time Celtic has been fined by European football's governing body since 2007.

"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 a club statement, issued on Wednesday afternoon.

"UEFA’s stance on the issue of pyrotechnics is unequivocal and very well-known.

"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."

Celtic also warned of 'very serious repercussions' in future, which could have 'huge detrimental consequences' for the club and its supporters.

"It is hugely unfair that the enjoyment of Celtic matches could potentially be affected by the negative behaviour of a tiny minority," the statement continued.   

"The Club and our supporters need to work together to make sure pyrotechnics and any other form of unsafe behaviour have no place at our matches."

The UEFA control, ethics and disciplinary body will deal with the case at its meeting on 17 October.

Celtic won the game against Cluj 2-0 to go top of Group E after two matches and in their next European tie host Italian side Lazio on October 24.

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