UEFA action over pro-IRA banner at Celtic match

Celtic's chief executive Peter Lawwell
Celtic's chief executive Peter Lawwell
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Celtic Football Club is being investigated by Uefa after a pro-IRA banner was displayed at a Champions League game on Tuesday.

The large image of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands – deemed an “illicit banner” – has led to proceedings against the Glasgow club for an “incident of a non-sporting nature”.

It was displayed alongside one of Scottish hero William Wallace at the defeat by AC Milan at Celtic Park, with another banner which said: “The terrorist or the dreamer – the savage or the brave.”

The banners were displayed in the same section where last year republicans unfurled the message “No bloodstained Poppy on our hoops” in protest at the Remembrance Day symbol embroidered on the players’ shirts.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said the club could not let its reputation “be tarnished any further”.

He said: “Celtic Football Club can confirm that any individual or group identified as being involved in any form of political display at a match involving Celtic will be banned immediately from attending matches involving the club.

“The club don’t want it, our manager and our team don’t want it, our supporters don’t want it, and the football authorities don’t want it – it has to stop.”