Celtic have been hit with an unusual UEFA fine, a report from the Scottish Sun has revealed this afternoon.
Indeed, the purpose of it comes from Neil Lennon’s actions in the first-leg of our last-32 Europa League tie against Copenhagen. The Celtic manager was deemed to be at fault for a late kick-off in Denmark.
It’s unclear as to what the problem was or why Lennon was deemed to be at fault for it. It also wasn’t particularly noticeable at the time. But it hasn’t stopped Celtic from receiving a €15,000 fine (£12,901).
As well as that, the club was also warned by UEFA regarding the violation of equipment belonging to the governing body of European football, the Scottish Sun has reported. Again, it’s unclear regarding the specifics of the matter.
It comes after a long list of UEFA fines to have rattled the club this season. However, in a rare case, this seems to have been a fault of club staff as opposed to the supporters.
Difficult to have a pop at Lennon for this
If Lennon knew this would’ve resulted in a fine then he would’ve been out well on time. This is clearly something the Celtic manager wasn’t aware of. It just isn’t like him.
It also seems rather petty from UEFA too. After all, can you even remember this apparent delay in proceedings? If there was one, it was only a couple of minutes at most. Hardly something that warrants the club receiving a substantial fine.
It feels as though there are more rules in UEFA’s guidelines than anywhere else. Too often have we been punished this season, and it’s something the club will really have to sort out for next term. The last thing we need is any further punishments being added.
Interestingly, the Sun has also reported that rivals Rangers have also been punished by UEFA. This is apparently in relation to supporter behaviour against both Braga and Bayer Leverkusen in the knockout stages.
Against Braga, an Ibrox supporter managed to invade the pitch. Meanwhile, in the last-16 tie against Leverkusen – Rangers’ last fixture – they’ve been caught throwing fireworks by the governing body – something they also did against Braga.
In any case, it’s disappointing to see yet another fine dished out to Celtic. It seems trivial, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned about European football’s government, it’s that they love to dish out a punishment.