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FIFA fines Scottish FA $10,800 after fans boo Israel national anthem

Flag of FIFA is pictured during the 69th FIFA Congress at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles in Paris, France on 5 June 2019. [Mustafa Yalçın - Anadolu Agency]
Flag of FIFA is pictured during the 69th FIFA Congress at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles in Paris, France on 5 June 2019. [Mustafa Yalçın - Anadolu Agency]

FIFA has fined the Scottish Football Association £8,024 ($10,786) after some Scotland supporters booed the Israeli national anthem during last month's World Cup qualifier.

The SFA was also sanctioned for an inappropriate flag flown by Scottish fans during the match, which finished 3-2 in favour of hosts Scotland.

"While Fifa did not specify what flag this was, video footage shows one Tartan Army member waving a Palestinian flag during the game," the Jewish Chronical reported.

The SFA was deemed to have breached FIFA Disciplinary Code Article 16, with world football's governing body explaining that the fine was due to: "Order and security at matches (disturbance during national anthems, use of objects – flag – to transmit a message that is not appropriate for a sports event)."

READ: The politics of cheering and booing: On Palestine, solidarity and the Tokyo Olympics 

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