The Paleostinian flag is in fact a political statement and a provocative one at that.
Celtic and St Johnstone hit with UEFA fines after fans display Palestinian 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.
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.”