Celtic fans have raised £176,000 for two Palestinians charities in a campaign called #MatchTheFineForPalestine after the club were fined because their fans had waved Palestinian flags.
During a Champions League qualifier between Celtic FC and Israeli team Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Palestinian flags were waved by Celtics fans in solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Subsequently Celtic were fined by £8,615 by UEFA. In response to this, a fundraising page was opened and the hashtag #MatchTheFineForPalestine began to trend on Twitter. Subsequently, fans raised an impressive £176,000 for two Palestinian charities. A cheque was presented this week to the Lajee Centre and to the Medical Aid for Palestinians charity.
— James Studders (@JamesStudders) January 29, 2017
The idea to have Palestine flags at the football game was devised by The Green Brigade, a group of Celtic supporters. It isn’t the first time that the group has shown their support for the Palestinian people. In 2012 the group staged a display of solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike holding banners reading “Dignity is More Precious than Food” alongside other Palestine flags during the last game of the season.