UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic over banners displayed in their Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk in Poland on Wednesday.
A section of fans had displayed a banner that said “Fuck The Crown”, while displaying a separate banner that said “Sorry for your loss Michael Fagan”.
Anti-Monarchy Flag Displayed By Celtic Fans
In 1982, Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace and managed to make his way into the Queen’s bedroom, before being tackled by security guards and arrested.
In a statement by UEFA, they said:
“Please be informed that proceedings have been opened against Celtic FC regarding a banner displayed during their UEFA Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk played on September 14 in Warsaw.
The UEFA disciplinary bodies will decide on the matter in due course.”
Rangers however, will not face any disciplinary action, following their tributes to the Queen. While it was agreed that British clubs would not play the Champions League anthem and wear black armbands as a sign of respect to the late Queen Elizabeth II, Rangers played ‘God Save The King’ prior to the kick off of their Champions League tie against Napoli on Wednesday.
A vast silhouette of the Queen with the colours of the Union Jack was also displayed behind one of the goals before the game kicked off.
Despite Rangers defying UEFA instructions, a spokesperson for the governing body said “This incident is not the subject of any UEFA disciplinary proceedings”.
After football across all levels in Britain was postponed last weekend, the games that are going ahead this weekend will hold a minute’s silence, along with the playing of the national anthems and players and officials wearing black armbands.
Due to the level of policing required since the Queen’s death, Arsenal’s Europa League tie vs PSV was postponed, along with three Premier League ties.