UEFA have hit Eredivisie giants Ajax with a hefty £21,000 fine after their fans exhibited a provocative banner against Celtic during a Champions League match in Amsterdam last week, the club have announced.
Clubs that violate UEFA’s rule are usually subjected to a fine of €50,000 plus the closure of part of the stadium. However, after responding quickly, UEFA duly halved the fine and did not close part of the Amsterdam Arena.
UEFA has also opened another case against the Dutch club relating to crowd trouble at the previous encounter between the two clubs in Glasgow and the ruling is expected to be released next Thursday.
The 2013/14 Champions League has occasionally been marred by crowd trouble so far this season, with a section of CSKA Moscow supporters getting their club into trouble for racist abuse aimed at Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure during their 2-1 home defeat last month.
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