UEFA FINES COST US A PLAYER
NEIL LENNON believes The Green Brigade have cost Celtic a new player – and expressed hope that locking the ultras group out of Parkhead will lead to an improvement in their behaviour.
The treble treble winners announced on Monday they would be closing part of the safe standing section at Celtic Park for the Europa League match against Rennes this evening. They took the step after being fined £12,900 by UEFA for their fans displaying illicit banners and singing obscene chants at their Group E match with Lazio last month.
That was the latest in a long line of punishments which the Scottish champions – who are facing another sanction for their supporters’ use of pyrotechnics during the Lazio game in Rome this month – have been hit with over the years.
“It’s fair to say we could have bought a player for that amount of money,” said Lennon.
“It’s £500,000 and it’s all going to UEFA. The club have taken this action now. We’re hoping it will be a deterrent for that sort of behaviour, but not for them coming into the ground.”
Lenny hits out at Green Brigade sanctions