By Keith Hackett

19th Sep, 2022 | 12:50pm

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Uefa may fine Celtic after their fans unveiled a “political” banner during their 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League last week (14 September), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted Uefa try and stay politically neutral and will not appreciate Celtic fans’ protest.

As relayed by journalist Archie Rhind-Tutt on Twitter, the travelling supporters unveiled two anti-monarchy banners ahead of kick-off in Poland.

BBC Sport’s Chris McLaughlin reported on Thursday (15 September) that Uefa have “opened proceedings” against the club as a result.

“People assume it was Celtic fans and they did unveil this anti-patriotic banner,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Ultimately, I take the view that people are allowed the right to protest. 

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“What’s important to note that in Europe, Uefa try to keep out of politics and all that goes with it. They try to be neutral.

“Here is Celtic doing the opposite to some degree.

“It’s possible that Celtic will get a fine. You’re not supposed to have banners.

“It will be interesting to see how they handle it. Effectively, given the bit of unpleasantness that came through, I think they will deal with it with a fine.”

Ahead of Celtic’s 2-0 defeat to St Mirren on Sunday (18 September), supporters and fans came together for a minute’s applause in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II.

Celtic fans sang ‘If you hate the Royal Family clap your hands’ and unveiled a banner with the same message during the gesture.

In other news, Frank McAvennie has lambasted “stupid” Celtic fans after the BBC’s investigation update.