The team fans continued Scottish Celtic Its habit of supporting the Palestinian cause is a phenomenon that draws attention with every Israeli escalation in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian flags were present in abundance among Celtic fans during the team’s match against its Spanish guest, Atletico Madrid, in the third round of the Champions League, at Celtic Park, on Wednesday.
Celtic fans defied the European Union, despite its warnings, as well as the management of the Scottish club, which disavowed its fans’ support for the Palestinian cause. However, the fans continued the same approach.
Despite the presence of an Israeli striker in Celtic, Lail Ebadah, it did not prevent the fans from supporting the Palestinian cause.
The “Green Brigade” League, which means “Green Brigade”, which supports the Celtic club, raised Palestinian flags and banners “Free Palestine” and “Victory for the Resistance” during its team’s confrontation with Kilmarnock in the eighth round of the Scottish League, and then in the ninth round against Hearts.
After the match, the League issued a statement in response to the club’s disavowal of the fans’ actions, calling on supporters to raise Palestinian flags in front of Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, and to allocate a donation fund for Palestine.
The association’s statement said: “Celtic was born out of famine and oppression, as a result of colonial rule, death and mass displacement. Celtic has always stood by the oppressed and the dispossessed. Celtic will remain steadfast in its support of the Palestinian people. We have supported many Palestinian projects throughout our history, and for more than He developed a close relationship with the refugee camps, culminating in the formation of the Celtic Academy in Bethlehem, Palestine.
In a previous incident, Scottish club Celtic was subjected to a huge fine of 10,000 euros by the European Football Association – UEFA, due to raising Palestinian flags in the stands during the club’s match against Hapoel Beersheba at Celtic Park Stadium on August 17 as part of the European Champions League qualifiers.
Meanwhile, Scottish fans raised more than 34,000 pounds sterling for the Palestinians, after launching a campaign to support the “Fine Match for Palestine.”
Two years earlier, Celtic was fined 16,000 pounds sterling for raising Palestinian flags during the team’s match against Iceland’s Reykjavik in the Champions League.
Celtic fans’ support for the Palestinian cause goes back to the club’s founding in 1887, when it was founded by Irish immigrants who moved to Scotland to escape famine and English colonialism.
As the club’s founders struggled, they began to champion humanitarian causes from their point of view, beginning with protesting discrimination against Catholics in Scotland and supporting Irish independence.
The fans of the Scottish team raised the Palestinian flag, despite warnings received from the European Football Association (UEFA) imposing sanctions on the club if Palestinian flags were raised during the match.
Palestinian flags in the stands
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