UEFA confirmed on Thursday that Celtic would be fined €10,000 for their fans’ display of Palestinian flags in their home Champions League qualifying match against Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
While UEFA did not condone the fans’ support for Palestine, there has been widespread support for the Celtic fans, despite the controversial display.
A hashtag was started by Celtic fans #MatchTheFineForPalestine to match the €10,000 UEFA fine for Palestinian charities.
Of course, the Celtic fans outdid themselves and raised a lot more than that.
20 times the fine amount raised
More than £170,000 was raised by the fans for Palestinian charities, 20 times the amount the club was fined by UEFA.
It was not the first time UEFA have fined a club for such an incident.
In 2014, Irish club Dundalk were fined €18,000 for the display of just two Palestinian flags during their Europa League qualifier against Hajduk Split.