Saint-Etienne fans flew Palestine flags during their game against Beitar Jerusalem last night just a week after Celtic did the same against Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
The Ligue 1 outfit took on their Israeli opponents at home in the second leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie hoping to secure a spot in the group stage draw which took place earlier today.
Last week’s game in Jerusalem went well for Saint-Etienne, with Christophe Galtier’s men winning 2-1 before drawing 0-0 last night to advance.
But it’s the scenes off the pitch which should generate more headlines – and attention with UEFA.
Plenty of Saint-Etienne fans were seen flying Palestine flags inside their Stade Geoffroy-Guichard home in a show of support for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.
It came just over a week after Celtic supporters did the same as they played Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva at Celtic Park in the Champions League.
UEFA have since charged the Scottish champions for flying an “illicit banner” and they should face punishment for that. And you would expect Saint-Etienne will face similar action from European football’s governing body.
Celtic supporters have continued to show their support for Palestine, with fan group the Green Brigade starting a crowdfunding campaign called #MatchTheFineForPalestine.
Over £150,000 has been raised in less than a week and that money will be split between charities set up to help Palestinian people.
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