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Celtic fined £8,616 by Uefa over 'illicit banner'

Celtic have been punished eight times in five seasons by Uefa. Credit: PA

Celtic have been fined 10,000 euros (£8,616) by Uefa after fans displayed an "illicit banner" during their recent Champions League qualifier against Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

Fans flew Palestine flags before and during the match against Israeli opposition at Parkhead on August 17, drawing a charge from European football's governing body.

Uefa viewed the flags as illicit banners under article 16 of its disciplinary regulations and at a disciplinary hearing the complaint against the Scottish champions was upheld and the club was fined.

The Uefa rule in question forbids the use of ''gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly messages that are of a political, ideological, religious, offensive or provocative nature''.

Celtic have been punished eight times in five seasons by Uefa for supporter misconduct and the sanction on each occasion has been a fine from the governing body.

Wales boss: Remove football money stealers permanently

Wales manager Chris Coleman has said anyone caught taking bungs in football needs to be "permanently" kicked out of the sport.

"Whether you're on £50,000-a-year or £50,000-a-week, you're stealing money," he told reporters in response to questions over the Daily Telegraph's corruption investigation.

The former Fulham and Coventry boss said he had never been offered a bribe but said corruption in the sport means everyone is "tarnished with the same brush".


Allardyce's financial adviser refuses to comment on scandal

Sam Allardyce's financial adviser refused to comment on the scandal that caused the former England manager's sacking today when confronted by ITV News.

Shane Maloney was with Big Sam and the manager's agent at two controversial meetings where Allardyce agreed to strike a £400,000 deal with undercover newspaper reporters posing as businessmen from the Far East.

Maloney - who is fellow director of a string of businesses linked to Allardyce - has not been seen since the scandal was broken on Monday by the Daily Telegraph.

But today Maloney refused to answer questions about the affair after being confronted by ITV News during a chance encounter on the Tube.


Sunderland doctor leaves club after van Aanholt saga

Van Aanholt was withdrawn from the squad late on in the match against Spurs. Credit: PA

Sunderland have parted company with their club doctor in the wake of the Patrick van Aanholt saga.

Press Association Sport understands head of medical services Dr Ishtiaq Rehman has resigned from his post as part of an ongoing review of staffing as new manager David Moyes attempts to build for a better future at the Stadium of Light.

However, his departure comes just days after Moyes was left stunned at having to withdraw 26-year-old Dutch full-back Van Aanholt from his team to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane on September 18 on the advice of a cardiac specialist.

The Scot later expressed his frustration at the timing of the news, which he received barely 30 minutes before kick-off, in the belief it had come from the Football Association's Consensus Panel, a claim swiftly denied by the governing body.

It later emerged that the Black Cats had consulted an independent specialist who by coincidence sits on the FA panel over a potential problem with tests carried out earlier that week, and questions were asked over communication within the club.

Dr Rehman's departure follows that of assistant academy director Danny Philpott last week.

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