Celtic Fans Asked To Support Palestine In Game With Israeli club
The fans of the Scottish soccer club Celtic FC have been asked to show Palestinian flags in today's game with Israeli club Hapoel Tel Aviv. The call came from the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) and encouraged Celtic supporters to show "solidarity with suffering Palestinians."
The STUC statement made reference to the one year anniversary of "the Israeli invasion of Gaza in which 1400 men, women and children were killed in an act described by the United Nations as ‘indicating serious violations of international human rights’ and ‘amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity.’" The Trade Union Congress noted no blame should be attached to neither Hapoel Tel Aviv players, nor their fans.
The administration of Celtic FC said it was "extremely concerned" and urged the fans to ignore the STUC call by issuing the following statement:
Celtic Football Club believes in football as a powerful medium for social integration. Celtic has always been a club for all people, regardless of gender, age, religion, race, politics or ability. We therefore believe Celtic Park is no place for a political demonstration.
No official statement about the matter was issued by Hapoel Tel Aviv.
The next match between Celtic FC and Hapoel Tel Aviv is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2. Both clubs play in the UEFA.
UEFA said in a statement:"UEFA is fully aware of the planned demonstration outside the ground before the UEFA Europa League match Celtic FC v Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC and we have been in close contact with both clubs and the local authorities about closely monitoring the situation."