CELTIC TACKLE SECTARIAN CHANTING
Celtic were recently charged by UEFA and were fined £ 12,000 after their supporters displayed banners that criticised UEFA in an obscene manner. The banners, which were put just before the match against Rennes in the Europa League, has caused much problems to Celtic and its supporters.
Even though the fine is pretty low compared to the revenues that the Scottish club make, Celtic are currently worried about the consequence of the charges by UEFA. The Celtic supporters by making illicit chants and displaying obscene banners in protest of the IRA.
There had been some talk of there being a points sanction for the chanting, which would have made an impact on the Betfair Football Betting indexes.
UEFA has announced in a statement that they will be opening up a disciplinary charge against the Scottish club, which could lead to many consequences for Celtic. The result of the charges will be coming out in the end of January, which will mean that there's a lot of anxiousness around Parkhead.
Meanwhile, the SPL has come out with the rule changes that will certainly cause a lot of unrest amongst the supporters, as it is in their claim that people who sing or praise the IRA. A supporter called Ross Connolly has been given lifetime ban from attending Celtic matches and there are expected to be more of them in the future.
“That has come out of a lot of good work that has gone on between the Scottish government, the police, Celtic, Rangers, the SFL, the SPL and the SFA and also working with Supporters Direct in Scotland. The clubs agreed unanimously that we will back the proposals. The unanimous backing shows that our clubs are up for the challenge, are up for raising the bar and tackling unacceptable conduct where it occurs," said the SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster. He also said that this will not affect the clubs having around 6000 seater stadiums.
This all comes on the back of some great performances for the Hoops over recent weeks, which has led to them being tipped for the top of the SPL.