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Dutch club Ajax fined $33.5K after fans display 'offensive banner'

The disciplinary measure is the second in a month for Ajax. The club faces a hearing next week for a separate incident in October in which Dutch fans ripped up the seats at Celtic Park. (VI-Images/Getty Images) The disciplinary measure is the second in a month for Ajax. (VI-Images/Getty Images)

Dutch soccer club Ajax was fined the equivalent of $33,500 on Tuesday by the Union of European Football Association after fans displayed what the UEFA called an"offensive banner" aimed at Scottish football club Celtic during a Champions League Match last week.

According to the Associated Press report on Tuesday, the message on the banner was aimed at Celtic and its Catholic fans in Scotland and Ireland and came during Ajax's 1-0 win in Amsterdam on Nov. 6. According to the UEFA, Ajax was fined for "improper conduct" by its fans after the club initially faced a "discriminatory behavior" charge.

The sanction comes approximately a month after Dutch fans ripped up the seats at Celtic Park when the two teams played in October, a 2-1 win for Celtic. Ajax will have a hearing for that disciplinary measure at UEFA next week.

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