Defying a ban on political demonstrations by European soccer authority UEFA, hometown fans waved a sea of Palestinian flags at a playoff game between their Glasgow Celtics and an Israeli team to protest Israel's Occupation. Celtic fans, many with Irish working class and social justice backgrounds, have long supported Palestinian rights. The UEFA charged Celtic with displaying an "illicit banner," but fans say they're happy to pay the club's fines in the name of solidarity. The Celtics won 5-2.
Maybe these groups could sue UEFA at the European High Court for freedom of expression!
"... fans say they're happy to pay the club's fines in the name of solidarity. The Celtics won 5-2..."
Thank you Celtics - and fans
I love it! When governments won't stand up for the human rights of the Palestinians, the task of seeking justice falls upon the OWNERS of those cowardly governments: the PEOPLE. Yes, even at soccer games.
Definitly wrong about most European football fans except for a few small nationalist countries.
Nothing more beautiful to see that a display of integrity and compassion for other human beings.
Originally from Glasgow, I was delighted to see this gesture of Solidarity for the down-trodden, based on empathy and kindred feeling. History gives some interesting insights e.g. on this Centenary of the Easter Rising, the Irish struggle and Zionism regarded each other as parallel struggles. Dublin elected Jewish mayor and the Israeli president Chaim Herzog was born in Belfast. However, the shift to Palestinian sympathy reflected their ever harsher treatment by Israel.
The Truth Will Out