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No Palestinian Flags Appeared In The Crowd Tonight But It Was A Different Story Outside

No Palestinian Flags Appeared In The Crowd Tonight But It Was A Different Story Outside
By Conor Neville

Dundalk earned €360,000 for winning tonight's match. This is the standard reward for winning a match in the Europa League group stage. It is also, as some have felt obliged to remind us, equivalent to John Delaney's annual salary. Staggering money.

It's €342,000 more than the fine they accrued after their fans flew a Palestinian flag against Hadjuk Split in Oriel Park two years back.

€18,000 was a very hefty fine. For some reason, Dundalk received a harsher penalty than Celtic, who were fined only €10,000 after their fans flew Palestinian flags against Hapoel Be'er Sheva earlier this season.

No Palestinian flags were visible from the pitch this time. Dundalk fans were presumably mindful about not giving the club a financial headache (although, the club hierarchy might have forgotten what those feel like).

But the visitors were confronted with Palestinian flags on their way into the ground tonight.

Israeli football journalist Raphael Gellar tweeted a picture of the small crowd which gathered outside the venue before the game. It did get bigger afterwards.

The crowd looks bigger judging by this photo tweeted out by Sinn Féin's Jane Martin.

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