CELTIC have been handed a €10,000 fine by UEFA for a display of Palestinian flags during their Champions League qualifier against Hapoel Be'er Sheva. 

A section of fans held up the flags during the 5-2 qualfying first leg win over the Israeli champions on 17 August.

The European governing body upheld the complaint against the Hoops at a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday, handing them a fine worth around £8600.

The flags were deemed to be illicit banners, breaching article 16 of the UEFA disciplinary rules which forbids "gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly messages that are of a political, ideological, religious, offensive or provocative nature''.

It is the eighth charge the Parkhead club have faced from UEFA for supporter misconduct in the last five years.