‘Illicit chants’ earn Celtic and Lazio a UEFA charge
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.