Celtic’s recent fine from UEFA seems to be very harsh. The Hoops were fined £13,300 for kicking-off two minutes late in the Europa League first leg tie against Copenhagen last month.

Interestingly, the Daily Record reports that the Hoops aren’t going to complain about the fine. That might be down to the situation the world is in with the global pandemic.

The Celtic players celebrate in Copenhagen

The Celtic players celebrate in Copenhagen (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

However, that didn’t stop UEFA from dishing out the fine in the first place. Celtic should complain to UEFA about the decision, and the amount of money the club was fined, it seems a large amount for what could be described as a relatively minor incident.

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Hoops chief should consider complaint

If Peter Lawwell for example, complains about the decision and the rule fining teams for kick-off two minutes late then perhaps the rule can be done away with.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There could be a number of reasons why a team is late for kick off, and you imagine that they would all be fairly serious.

Also, it is worth reiterating that it was only two minutes, it wasn’t like Celtic were 10 minutes late. If that was the case, then the fine would have been justified. However, it does look harsh from the outside.

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It seems very harsh when you consider that Rangers were fined £4800 when a fan threw a bottle onto the park during the game against Bayern Leverkusen.

Surely that has to be considered worse than being late for a kick-off? It seems not. If it wasn’t for more important things going on in the world, you imagine that this fine would not be tolerated by Celtic.

Club may decide to delay annoyance until football is back

However, the Hoops might well decided to leave any complaints about the decision until we are back playing football once more.

That should not stop the club registering its disapproval though. Even through a statement on the website. At the moment though, it does not look like that is going to happen.

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