Some Celtic fans have been left perplexed by UEFA’s decision to fine the club for a late kick-off during our tie against Copenhagen in the Europa League earlier this year.
As reported by The Daily Record, Celtic have been hit with a €15,000 (£13,327) fine after being found responsible for a delay in the round of 32 clash with FC Copenhagen in Denmark.
The governing body feels Neil Lennon was responsible, specifically referencing him in their charge.
The club have also been warned regarding ‘oversized manufacturer identification’, which goes against UEFA’s equipment regulations, for the second leg clash a week later.
Given the ongoing crisis engulfing Europe and European football, it’s a particularly harsh censure.
Don’t UEFA have better things to be doing rather than handing out petty fines and warnings for things which have no real consequence nor cause harm?
Apparently not, even as a global pandemic unfolds.
As we know from previous charges, the organisation are sticklers for the rules, so Celtic will need to take the feedback on board and play it a bit smarter when European football returns.
Fans were not happy at all to hear the news, especially when weighing up the fine against those dished out to other teams for offences that, on the face of things, were more serious.
These supporters have taken to Twitter this week to share their thoughts on it all…
Hold the bus….€15000 for a late ko but just over £5k for throwing an unfinished half bottle at a player? Defo think UEFA just makes this stuff up. Is it not the refs job to make sure games start on time?
— Paul (@paulybhoy82) March 31, 2020
I wish the rest of Europe football would break away from the UEFA and make own competitions. Must be making millions each season on fines alone. Just as bad as FIFA. Greedy and Corrupt! 😡
— John F 🍀 (@johnf2008) March 31, 2020
Aye those incidents are very similar🤦🏻♂️😂
Pitch invasion, fireworks n throwing objects….€20550
Delayed kick off n censoring…..
Throwing objects onto the field was deemed to be €10000 less of an offence than a delayed kickoff!
— D7 SHV 🍀🏆🍀 (@Shiv1888) March 31, 2020
So violence including throwing of fireworks and invading pitch similar in seriousness in terms of monetary fine to a late ko? Thoughts anyone ?
— Brimac7 (@Brimac76) March 31, 2020
5000 for throwing glass bottle
15000 for late kick off
— Colm (@AtownColm) March 31, 2020
Unbelievable for 2 minutes late in kicking off….now that’s daylight “you know what” 🤨
UEFA excel themselves again as Celtic hit with ludicrous Europa League fine https://t.co/UdaBfFonwX
— Henriklubo (@Henriklubo) March 31, 2020
This is some bs it’s down to the ref when games kick off
— Jack Mcgeary (@JackMcgeary1) March 31, 2020
The audacity for @UEFA to be handing out fines at a time like this, that’s just pathetic.
— Tony Millar (@a_miller16) March 31, 2020