Celtic fined €23,000 for illicit banner

UEFA has fined Celtic €23,000 after an illicit banner was displayed in its win over Linfield this month.

Celtic unfurled an alleged "illicit banner" showing a masked soldier identified with Irish Republican imagery.   -  AP

Celtic has been fined €23,000 (£20,600) by UEFA after fans unfurled an "illicit banner" during its Champions League second qualifying round second-leg clash with Linfield.

A section of fans at Parkhead unfurled a banner featuring a person in paramilitary uniform at the game, which Celtic won 4-0 to seal a 6-0 aggregate win.

In the wake of the incident, Celtic released a statement that read: "Any support for a paramilitary or proscribed terrorist organisation has no place at Celtic Park."

The fine was also imposed for stairways being blocked, but the club was not punished over a charge relating to a kit infringement.

Celtic drew 0-0 with Rosenborg in its third qualifying round first-leg game on Wednesday.

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