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Ajax Offered A Controversial Justification For 'Fenian Bastards' Banner

Ajax Offered A Controversial Justification For 'Fenian Bastards' Banner
By Conor Neville Updated

Celtic face Ajax in their opening Europa League game this Thursday.

The last time they travelled to Amsterdam in 2013, the Ajax fans greeted them with a banner scrawled with the message 'Fenian bastards' - something which they don't get quite so much of in the Scottish Premier League these days.

Now, a UEFA report says that in their attempt to defend themselves against a charge from the European body, Ajax consulted the Scottish Football Association for advice.

Ajax claim that the SFA had told them that terms like 'orange' and 'Fenian' are simply part of Scottish football culture.

The report says that the SFA were 'reckless' in providing such advice. Ajax were fined €25,000.

However, the SFA have denied that they gave the club this advice.

The club (Ajax) was advised, in writing, that we would not provide any such statement.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Scottish FA did not present the information outlined in the submissions and we are seeking clarification on this matter from UEFA.

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