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UEFA hands down fines to Zenit and Celtic

FC Zenit St Petersburg and Celtic FC have received fines from UEFA relating to games in the clubs' respective UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League campaigns.

Zenit hosted APOEL in the UEFA Champions League last month
Zenit hosted APOEL in the UEFA Champions League last month ©Getty Images

FC Zenit St Petersburg have been fined a total of €50,000 for crowd incidents at two UEFA Champions League group stage matches.

The Russian club were fined for the setting off of fireworks, illicit banners, insufficient organisation and a pitch invasion. The punishments relate to Zenit’s Group G home games against FC Shakhtar Donetsk on 1 November and against APOEL FC on 23 November.

In another case, Scottish club Celtic FC have been handed a €15,000 fine for illicit chanting at their UEFA Europa League Group I match against Stade Rennais FC in Glasgow on 3 November.

Article 11 (2e) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations states that disciplinary measures may be taken for the use of gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, in particular if it is of a political, offensive or provocative nature.

Appeals may be lodged against the verdicts of the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body within three days of the dispatch of the reasoned decisions.