Bhoys will not appeal fine

Celtic will not appeal the £12,764 imposed by UEFA for ‘illicit’ chanting at their Europa League tie against Rennes at Parkhead.

The Glasgow giants faced disciplinary measures over the actions of some of their fans after the Strathclyde Police match commander complained to the UEFA match delegate about pro-IRA chanting.

Chief executive Peter Lawwell is disappointed the club’s proud history of exemplary conduct has been ‘tarnished’, stating any such behaviour in future will not be tolerated.

Lawwell has been delighted with fans’ conduct since the incident in November.


“The heavy fine imposed by UEFA is an indication of the seriousness with which it treats such matters,” Lawwell told the club’s official website.

“We would reiterate our own position that however small a minority is involved, such chanting is not welcome at Celtic.

“Clearly, it is very disappointing and a source of real regret amongst our supporters that Celtic’s proud history of exemplary conduct has been tarnished in this way by such a tiny minority.

“However, this is a clear warning that such behaviour will not be tolerated and together, Celtic and our supporters will do all we can to ensure that this incident is not repeated.

“We would like to thank our supporters for their magnificent conduct since the match against Rennes.We are proud of the fantastic and positive reputation we have established across Europe over many years, and the club and our fans will be doing all we can to ensure that this is protected.”