Palestinian Flags in Game With Israeli Team Land Scottish FC in Hot Water

UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Glasgow team, whose fans broke regulations on political messages during games by waving the flags during match with Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

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Celtic fans at the playoff match against Hapoel Be'er Sheva.
Celtic fans at the playoff match against Hapoel Be'er Sheva.Credit: Russell Cheyne / Reuters

The Scottish soccer club Celtic may face disciplinary action after its fans flew the Palestinian flag during a match with the Israeli Hapoel Beer-Sheva. 

The Glasgow team beat Hapoel 5-2 on Wednesday in a Champions League playoff match in its home stadium. During the game, fans waved hundreds of Palestinian flags, despite warnings that this constitutes breaking UEFA rules on political messages during games. 

According to the Scotsman, UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic. The case will be heard on September 22. 

Celtic has been fined for supporters flying the Palestinian flag in 2014, during a match against KR Reykkjavic.