Ajax cop £21k fine for obscene banner against Celtic
UEFA have hit Ajax with a £21,000 (25,000) fine after fans of the Dutch club brandished an obscene banner recently.
Supporters of the Amsterdam giants erected an offensive banner that portrayed a sectarian message, appearing in the same section of the ground as the clubs hooligan group, 'F-Side'.
The banner was shown during the November 6 Champions League clash between the two sides, which Ajax won 1-0 at the Amsterdam Arena, but the club has to another case to answer pertaining to the October 22 meeting at Celtic Park.
"Ajax have been fined by UEFA after a banner appeared on the stands of the Amsterdam ArenA during the match against Celtic FC. The banner was aimed at Ajax's opponents that night. UEFA imposed a fine of 25,000 euros," read a statement from Ajax.
"The possible penalty for such an offense is a fine of 50,000 euros plus the closure of some parts of the stadium at the next European home game. After a prompt and adequate response from Ajax the fine was halved and the partial closure averted. The penalty will be recovered from those responsible.
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