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Saint-Etienne Fans Fly Palestine Flags v Beitar Jerusalem a Week After Celtic Fans Do Same

Saint-Etienne Fans Fly Palestine Flags v Beitar Jerusalem a Week After Celtic Fans Do Same

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.

Protest

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.

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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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