Celtic avoid UEFA fine over Astana goal celebrations

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Celtic have avoided another UEFA fine after the governing body confirmed no action will be taken against the fans who spilled on to the pitch during last Wednesday’s 5-0 thrashing of Astana.

Several supporters climbed over the advertising boards to celebrate with Leigh Griffiths by the corner flag after the Scotland striker scored the final goal in the Champions League play-off first leg.

But ahead of tonight’s return clash in Kazakhstan, the Hoops have been told that UEFA will not be opening disciplinary proceedings regarding Article 16 (2), ‘field invasion by supporters’.

(Pic: Guillaume Gogo)

A UEFA spokesperson said: “Nothing was mentioned in the official reports. Therefore, no proceedings have been opened after this match.”

The Hoops were fined £20,000 by UEFA just last month after displaying illicit banners with paramilitary references in their Champions League qualifier against Linfield at Celtic Park.

That led to Celtic losing the Green Bridge section of the stadium for two matches.

Celtic have fallen foul of UEFA 11 times in six years and have been forced to pay out fines of over £160,000. 

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