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ST JOHNSTONE are reeling after being handed a €18,000 (£14,230) fine after a fan waved a Palestinian flag, while Legia Warsaw have been hit by a UEFA charge over a banner attacking the governing body and Celtic


The Polish side fielded an ineligible player in the final minutes of their 2-0 win over the Glasgow side at Murrayfield. Uefa awarded Celtic a 3-0 win, allowing them to progress on away goals to the play-off round, where they lost to NK Maribor.


Fans of the Polish champions displayed a large image of a pig imposed on a Uefa badge and the slogan “Because Football Doesn’t Matter, Money Does.”


The banner, surrounded by lit flares, was shown before Legia’s Europa League play-off victory against Aktobe of Kazakhstan last Thursday.


Uefa rules prohibit messages of a political and ideological


nature being displayed in any football stadium.


Uefa said its disciplinary panel will judge the case on Thursday and potential sanctions could be applied when Legia open their Europa League group campaign at home to Belgian side Lokeren on 18 September.


After Uefa’s ruling on the Celtic game, the Court of Arbitration for Sport denied Legia’s urgent appeal to be reinstated. It has still to consider the club’s request for compensation from Uefa for lost earnings.


St Johnstone were charged after a fan displayed a Palestinian flag at one of their Europa League games.


The Uefa match delegate spotted the banner being waved in the east stand during the 2-1 defeat by Spartak Trnava at McDiarmid Park.


A St Johnstone spokesman said: “We have been told by Uefa that we’ve been fined €18,000 for the display of a Palestinian flag and pro-Palestine chanting at our game with Spartak




“We’ve asked them for a written judgement on this and are waiting for it to arrive.


“Obviously it’s disappointing that this has happened but we need to see what the actual case is before commenting further.”


The fine was handed out by the same Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Committee which will hear Legia’s case this week.


Irish side Dundalk have already indicated they intend to challenge an identical €18,000 fine after Palestinian flags were shown at their Europa League tie against Croatians Hajduk Split.


Reports in Ireland claimed Dundalk were stunned by the severity of the fine and have sought advice from the Football Association of Ireland over an appeal.


Celtic have previously been fined €50,000 (£42,000) for a huge fans’ banner depicting IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands and Scots warrior William Wallace, which was shown at a home Champions League match against AC Milan last year.


It is the third time in four seasons that Legia have faced Uefa punishment.


The governing body responded to fans’ racist behaviour by closing a section of Legia’s stadium at a Champions League play-off last season.


At a home Europa League match against Hapoel Tel Aviv three years ago, fans displayed a “Jihad Legia” banner in Arabic-style script across one end of the stadium.



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Celtic and St Johnstone hit with UEFA fines after fans display Palistinian flags at Euro ties


BOTH clubs were sanctioned - with Saints admitting they'd received a €18k fine - and warned about their future conduct but will await the official written report before deciding whether to appeal.


CELTIC and St Johnstone have been hammered by UEFA after flying the Palestinian flag at recent European games.


Both clubs were sanctioned by the governing body and warned about their future conduct.


Saints confirmed they have been fined €18,000 and both clubs insist they will await the official written report before deciding whether to appeal their punishment.


UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Committee took action after delegates flagged up the

flag-flying in their reports from Celtic’s Champions League qualifier against KR Reykjavik and the Perth men’s home leg against Europa League rivals Spartak Trnava.


UEFA deem the Palestine flag a political symbol because the conflict with Israeli forces in the region is still ongoing.


A UEFA spokesman said: “Celtic and St Johnstone were sanctioned for infringement of Article 16 (2) (e).”


The UEFA Disciplinary Regulations on Order and Security states: “All associations and clubs are liable for the following inappropriate behaviour on the part of their supporters and may be subject to disciplinary measures and directives.


“The use of gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly messages that are of a political, ideological, religious or provocative nature will not be tolerated.”


Yesterday a St Johnstone spokesman said: “We’ve been fined 18,000 euros for the display of a Palestinian flag and pro-Palestine chanting at our game with Spartak Trnava by UEFA.


“Obviously it’s disappointing that this has happened but we need to see what the actual case is before commenting further.”


A Celtic spokesman said: “We have asked UEFA for written reasons regarding this decision and at this stage would not be able to comment further.”



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