Celtic receive hefty fine whilst invader is jailed
UEFA has fined Celtic Football Club £42,000 after a supporter ran on to the pitch during their UEFA Champions League fixture against Manchester United.
John Paul Murphy, 19, ran onto the pitch during the first half of the tie dubbed “the battle of Britain”, causing disrupt to the Group E fixture that ended 1-1.
Due to his actions Celtic triggered an extra fine of £17,000 after the Scottish champions received a £12,500 fine plus the suspended fine when a supporter ran onto the pitch to confront AC Milan goalkeeper Dida last year. Celtic were warned that any further breaches of security would lead to the extra fine being triggered.
UEFA had awaited the official match report from referees and match officials before it finalised a decision, which Celtic are believed to not be appealing against.
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Meanwhile, Murphy has received a six-month jail term plus a five-year ban from all domestic and international fixtures, one of the severest punishments handed out in history of Scottish football.
Sentencing Murphy yesterday, Sheriff Linda Ruxton branded his behaviour "dangerous and irresponsible".
The teenager will also have to come to terms with not ever seeing his beloved club again after Celtic imposed a life long ban on the youngster at Celtic Park.
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