Celtic FC could be reprimanded over ‘Offensive banner’
January 2, 2012 by Lyndon
Celtic Football Club could be charged over what has been deemed to be an offensive message on a banner at a recent football match.
This incident follows a fine of £12,700 imposed upon Celtic by UEFA, the governing body for European football, for offensive behaviour and chanting at a recent match against Rennes at Celtic’s home ground. The banner in question is alleged to have appeared in protest of the imposed fine.
The exact content of the banner has not been revealed to the press but is being investigated by UEFA and it was recently confirmed that the organisation has begun the process to take disciplinary action to reprimand Celtic for this, with UEFA saying that Celtic FC had been:
“Charged with the displaying of a banner of an offensive nature.”
Offensive chants, banners and behaviour are taken extremely seriously in professional football and careless or amateur behaviour could lead to not only the prosecution of the perpetrator of the behaviour but could also mean dire consequences and fines for the football club itself. It is always wise for official supporter’s clubs to create non-offensive banners using professional companies offering banner printing.
Glasgow-based Celtic FC is awaiting the outcome and results of the latest disciplinary action by UEFA and a hearing is set to take place in January. The hearing will be held by UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body and an announcement is expected to be made once the hearing has finished.