Fans of Celtic FC flew hundreds of Palestinian flags while cheering from the stands against Hapoel Beersheba in a Champions League match in Glasgow on Wednesday.
The display was done despite a ban by officials in the Scottish stadium. Scottish police, too, had urged fans not to bring in Palestinian flags, under threat of arrest, according to the Daily Record.
Organizers of the group Palestine Alliance also handed out flyers on the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, which Palestinians call the Nakba, or “catastrophe.”
The defiant move by the Celtic supporters was hailed by Palestinian Twitter users and activists online.
Suporter Celtic FC mengibarkan Palestina saat melawan klub Israel, Hapoel Beer Sheva dini hari tadi. Salut! pic.twitter.com/PNnS6NDMv8
— SuporterTV FC™ (@SuporterTVFC) August 18, 2016
— سيف الله (@BirdsOfJannah) August 18, 2016
Celtic fans were warned not to fly the Palestinian flag during a match against Israel. Look what they did anyways pic.twitter.com/m4flWl3ZBz
— سامر/Samer (@WaladShami) August 17, 2016
Celtic went on to defeat Hapoel Beersheba 5-2 in the match.
The two teams are set to play against each other again next week.