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Celtic fined £42k for pitch invasion

November 6, 2008

Celtic have been fined £42,430 by UEFA after a fan ran on to the pitch during last week's Champions League Group E match against Manchester United at Parkhead.

GettyImagesCetlic boss Gordan Strachan looks on during the Champions League match with Man Utd.

Part of the fine was imposed for the late start to the game which ended in a 1-1 draw.

UEFA confirmed that "an appeal may be lodged within three days of receipt of the grounds for the decision" but a spokesman for Celtic told PA Sport: "We accept the judgement and there will be no appeal."

The Parkhead club were expecting some level of punishment after UEFA warned them previously about the behaviour of their fans following a similar incident a year ago when a fan confronted AC Milan keeper Dida.

They were then found guilty of a lack of organisation and improper conduct of supporters and were ordered to pay a fine of £25,000, half of which was suspended.

It is not clear how today's fine was calculated but a statement on UEFA's official website read: "Celtic FC have been fined 50,000 euros by UEFA for the improper conduct of their supporters at last week's UEFA Champions League Group E match against Manchester United FC in Glasgow.

"The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body handed down the fine to the Scottish club in relation to a pitch invasion by a spectator and a late kick-off at the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

"An appeal may be lodged within three days of receipt of the grounds for the decision."