Scottish Soccer Team Will Fly to Israel on Private Jet Used by Madonna
Scotland’s Celtic soccer club will fly to Israel with the same private jet Madonna used while on tour, The Scotsman reported on Monday.
According to the report, the team is heading for the Jewish state to compete against Israel’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night, and will be transported in the customized, luxurious Boeing 757-200 that the pop icon used in New Zealand for her six-month Rebel Heart tour, which wrapped up in March. The plane is on loan from Greece-based GainJet Aviation and can accommodate 62 passengers.
The Scottish team will be defending their 5-2 lead from last Wednesday’s play-offs with the Israeli team, which took place in Glasgow.
During that match, Celtic fans waved dozens of Palestinian flags, despite a ban by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) on political displays at games. UEFA charged the Scottish soccer club for displays of an “illicit banner,” and opened disciplinary proceedings against the team, Al Jazeera reported. UEFA said the case will be dealt with by the organization’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on September 22.
The UEFA has a rule forbidding the use of “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.”
Celtic was fined $20,900 two years ago, after a Palestinian flag was displayed at a Champions League qualifier against the Iceland team KR Reykjavik, according to Al Jazeera. The Scottish champions have been punished eight times in five seasons by the UEFA for misconduct by its supporters.