Celtic face UEFA charge for Zagreb ‘crowd trouble’

Celtic fans let off at least one flare during the match in Zagreb. Picture: SNS
Celtic fans let off at least one flare during the match in Zagreb. Picture: SNS
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UEFA has opened a disciplinary case against Celtic after crowd disorder at the Europa League group match between the Hoops and Dinamo Zagreb last week.

Celtic fans set off fireworks and reportedly clashed with riot police during the 4-3 loss in the Croatian capital last Thursday.

And Celtic had warned fans over the use of flares at the match with a statement on the club’s website, which read: “We stress the dangers surrounding fireworks and pyrotechnics which are considered a serious safety issue.

“The discharge of such items, not only creates a hazard to spectators but will expose Celtic FC to disciplinary action by UEFA.”

UEFA has confirmed its disciplinary panel will judge the case on February 19 - the same day Celtic host Inter Milan in the first leg of their Europa League knockout tie.

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It is the fifth time in three years that Celtic have been slapped with charges as a result of their supporters’ behaviour during European matches.

The club was fined £42,000 after fans displayed an ‘illicit’ banner at a Champions League clash with AC Milan in 2013, while Celtic was also fined £4221 after supporters set off fireworks during the Champions League qualifier with Cliftonville.

And the club was hit with two charges during the 2011/12 Europa League campaign - a £21,000 fine for an offensive banner and flares at an away match with Udinese and a £13,000 fine for ‘illicit chanting’ during a match against Rennes.

Celtic now face a sweat over possible sanctions - due to the high volume of supporter-related incidents, the Hoops could face action including future matches being played behind closed doors, or fans being prevented from travelling to future away matches.

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