Web Desk (ISLAMABAD) — Supporters of Celtic FC, known as the Green Brigade, have donated £176,000 (US$220,000) to two Palestinian charities. The donation was crowdfunded in reaction to a UEFA fine over Celtic fans flying Palestinian flags at a match.
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Although European football’s governing body UEFA forbids political displays at football matches, in August Celtic fans went on to fly a mass of Palestinian flags during the first leg of their Champions League play-off match against Israeli team Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
UEFA went on to fine the Scottish football club £8,619 ($10,700) for the fans’ display, which called for support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
To help the club pay the fine, the Green Brigade – who self-identify as the club’s ‘Ultras’, or hardcore fan group – set up a crowdfunding appeal to match the sum, promising to send any extra cash raised to Palestinian charities.
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Fundraisers said the money will be used to buy equipment and football kits for children in the Aida refugee camp in the West Bank to have a team, which would be called ‘Aida Celtic’.