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UEFA to probe Bobby Sands banner on show during Celtic clash with AC Milan

Updated: Thursday, 28 Nov 2013 21:47 | Comments

Banners displayed in Green Brigade area of stands
Banners displayed in Green Brigade area of stands

UEFA has begun disciplinary action against Celtic over a banner displayed by fans during their Champions League defeat by AC Milan.

Supporters displayed banners of Scottish historical figure William Wallace and IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands along with a set of lyrics as their side lost 3-0 to the Italians at Parkhead to end their hopes of European football after Christmas.

A UEFA statement read: "Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Celtic FC for an incident of a non-sporting nature (illicit banner: Art. 16.2 of the disciplinary regulations) at (Tuesday) night's UEFA Champions League match against AC Milan in Glasgow.

"The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body meeting on December 11."

The banners, which were displayed in and around the section housed by the Green Brigade group of supporters, read: "The terrorist or the dreamer, the savage or the brave, depends whose vote you're trying to catch or whose face you're trying to save."

The rule UEFA referred to states that clubs are liable for "inappropriate behaviour on the part of their supporters... even if they can prove the absence of any negligence in relation to the organisation of the match".

The "inappropriate behaviour" includes 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, offensive or provocative nature".

Celtic were fined approximately €5,000 after supporters let off fireworks in their Celtic Park qualifier against Cliftonville in July.

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