December 8 – UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic following crowd disturbances and fireworks set off by fans in this week’s Champions league meeting with Manchester City.
Fighting broke out among supporters at the Etihad stadium with less than 20 minutes remaining of the Group C tie, which ended 1-1, in the lower tier of the home section closest to the away fans.
It is the 10th time in the past five years Celtic have incurred the wrath of European football’s governing body in relation to their fans’ behaviour. In August, they were fined €10,000 after Palestinian flags were in evidence during the Champions League qualifier against Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on February 23 next year but perhaps it is time the Glasgow giants were given more than just a wrap over the knuckles.
Manchester City will face no disciplinary action with UEFA laying the blame solely with the Scottish club. City had taken stringent measures to try to prevent trouble in the build-up to the match, and these appear to have been taken into account by UEFA.
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