Report: Celtic fans to wait on Lazio decision after Bulgaria-England troubles

By David Walton

October 15, 2019

The scenes from Bulgaria vs England have reportedly led to Celtic fans having to wait before hearing what’s going to happen with Lazio.

According to the Daily Record, UEFA are up to their necks after the racist chanting in Bulgaria on Monday night. The game between the Bulgarians and England had to be halted twice in the first half. A sizable section of supporters in black hoodies were then escorted out of the stadium after giving out Nazi salutes.

The Sun also reported that there were monkey chants during Monday night’s 6-0 rout for England. It’s all culminated in the Bulgarian FA President, Borislav Mihaylov resigning from his post (BBC).

The Bulgaria vs England contest was marred by racist trouble (Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

There has been a lack of time due to these events for UEFA to hear the Lazio case against their own fans’ racist chanting during their clash against Rennes.

Both the English and Bulgarian FA associations have been charged. This has apparently led to UEFA’s Control, Ethics, and Disciplinary body being inundated with work.

Not much has changed for Celtic outside of the date

So Celtic now have to wait until tomorrow to find out whether Lazio will be struck with a stadium closure. Nothing has really changed for supporters. This is a hearing that will go ahead in plenty of time ahead of the clash between ourselves and the Serie A side in three weeks.

However, UEFA surely have to take into account the 9,000 supporters who have booked up for Rome. It would be highly unfair on them if they were robbed of a chance to go to the game.

The Celtic fans don’t deserve to be punished for Lazio supporters’ behaviour (Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Celtic fans aren’t going to Rome on a sightseeing tour. They’re going to support their club. Any sort of refund on tickets would be scant consolation.

The delay due to the England/Bulgaria game doesn’t change much. Fans will want to know as soon as possible, but given the work UEFA undoubtedly have on their hands after Monday night, you can hardly blame them for postponing Lazio’s hearing.

Simone Inzaghi will bring his Lazio side to Celtic Park next week (Marco Rosi/Getty Images)

Celtic will face Simone Inzaghi’s side next week at Celtic Park in matchday three of the Europa League. Three points would put the Hoops in a glorious position ahead of the trip to Italy. It would also leave Lazio on just one point after three games.

Everyone is just looking forward to seeing what UEFA’s ruling is on this. The sooner it’s all sorted, the better for everyone.