Celtic’s “Illicit Chanting”



Celtic fans singing ‘Paddy McCourt’s Fenian Army’ during the match against French side Rennes at Parkhead. Paddy McCourt is a player from Northern Ireland known as the Free Derry Pele.

Celtic will next month face disciplinary action from Uefa over “illicit chanting” in the Europa League win over Rennes at Parkhead.

A spokesperson for Uefa confirmed Celtic will be called before the organisation’s control and disciplinary body

on December 8th to face a charge of an incident of an unsporting nature, namely illicit chanting, during the 3-1 defeat of the French side on November 3rd.

Celtic have already confirmed they were “looking into the claims”, which are believed to centre on songs about the IRA. Possible Uefa sanctions include a fine and ban on supporters, although Celtic have not been punished for a similar offence before.

Celtic are understood to have been taken by surprise by the action, with sources suggesting no issues were raised during or immediately after the match.


Celtic Face ‘Illicit Chanting’ Charge (Irish Times)

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