Tuesday 24 October 2017

Celtic fans win FIFA Best award hours after receiving punishment from UEFA

Celtic won FIFA's Best Fans award in London on Monday, less than 24 hours after they were dealt further sanctions by UEFA. Earlier on Monday, UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body had fined Celtic £8,900 over a pitch invasion during their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain last month.
The Old Firm supporters won the award of best fans for their tribute to the Lisbon Lions in May after voting from other clubs' supporters on FIFA's website. In a ceremony attended by Sir Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish, fans took part in a card display which showed an image of the European Cup, accompanied by the words 'Lisbon Lions' at their final game of last season at Parkhead in tribute to Celtic's 1967 triumph over Inter Milan in the Portuguese capital.
Celtic chairman Ian Bankier said this about the win “The display that was at the centre of that award was for a team of players that all grew up within a few miles of Celtic Football Club in Glasgow. They were coached by a man who was a legend, born in the east of Scotland, who started his career going down mines for coal. He said, 'a club is nothing without his fans'. That philosophy we take to heart and that drives everything we do. On behalf of our fans and across the world, I accept this honour with gratitude and humility.”

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