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Celtic hit with UEFA fine

by Thomas Jensen on Friday, October 12th, 2007

Celtic hit with UEFA fineCeltic have been hit with a £25,000 fine by UEFA following the incident that saw a fan invade the pitch and approach Brazilian goalkeeper Dida in the recent Champions League match at in Glasgow. The Celts are a staggering 100 to 1 odds to win the Champions League with Bodog. AC Milan's Dida has been banned for two matches after feigning serious injury when the incident occurred.

Many will agree that Dida's theatrical response to being merely brushed by the Celtic supporter after Scott McDonald scored the winning goal has cost him severely. Celtic are believed to have accepted their punishment – with half of their fine will be suspended for two years. European football’s governing body, UEFA, did have the power to change the result of the match, which Celtic won 2-1.

UEFA's control and disciplinary body fined the Scottish club with charges of "lack of organisation and improper conduct of supporters". Uefa say that Dida was found guilty of bringing into question football’s "principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship".

Champions League holders Milan say they will appeal against the punishment. Under the current ban Dida will miss the club's Champions League matches versus Shakhtar Donetsk. Milan are 9 to 1 odds to win the Champions League with Bodog. Celtic moved quickly to punish the 27-year-old supporter who ran on the pitch. He owned up to the crime and has since admitted a breach of the peace in court and will be sentenced next month. Celtic banned the fan for life from all of the club's matches.

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