‘Il­licit chants’ earn Celtic and Lazio a UEFA charge

Scottish Daily Mail - - Football - By STEPHEN McGOWAN

CELTIC and Lazio have been charged by UEFA over ‘il­licit chants’ from sup­port­ers dur­ing last week’s Europa League clash in Glas­gow. The Scot­tish cham­pi­ons have also been cited over the dis­play of ‘il­licit ban­ners’ un­furled by fans dur­ing the 2-1 win for Neil Len­non’s side. It is the third time this sea­son that Celtic have been charged by UEFA and the 19th since 2007. UEFA’S con­trol, ethics and dis­ci­plinary body will an­nounce any prospec­tive sanc­tions at their next meet­ing on Novem­ber 21. The charges come as Celtic hold talks with UEFA and Lazio over the safety of 9,000 fans trav­el­ling to the Sta­dio Olimpico in Rome next week. Guide­lines con­cern­ing po­lit­i­cal ban­ners and a strict al­co­hol cur­few have been is­sued amid grow­ing fears fans could be tar­geted by Lazio ‘ul­tras’. Ban­ners were un­furled by Park­head fans in re­sponse to fas­cist salutes made by sup­port­ers of the Serie A club at their game with Rennes, which saw UEFA or­der Lazio to close part of the Sta­dio Olimpico for Celtic’s visit. Rome’s main tourist at­trac­tions will be heav­ily po­liced, an al­co­hol cur­few in place from 6pm on Wed­nes­day un­til 7am on Thurs­day, and fans told to be wary of wear­ing club colours. Celtic were fined £10,400 ear­lier this month for let­ting off fire­works dur­ing their game against Cluj, and £11,000 for us­ing flares and throw­ing mis­siles dur­ing their clash with AIK in Au­gust.

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