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Last Updated: Friday, 12 December, 2003, 12:13 GMT
Celtic fans get Fifa award
Celtic fans at the Uefa Cup final in Seville
Celtic fans created a great atmosphere in Seville
Celtic fans have been honoured by Fifa for their behaviour in following their team to last season's Uefa Cup final.

They have been awarded world football's 2003 Fair Play Award for the "exemplary fair and cordial conduct" after 80,000 fans travelled to Seville for the game.

It follows the award in August of Uefa's equivalent accolade.

Celtic executive director Peter Lawwell, who will collect the award on Monday, told the club's official website it was a "superb and fitting tribute to the friendly army of Celtic supporters who followed their heroes to Seville in the summer".

"Together with the outstanding efforts of the team, this massive, passionate and universally friendly support helped put Celtic on the global footballing map to a degree not seen since the European Cup win in Lisbon."

Eddie Toner, general secretary of the Celtic Supporters Association added: "I am sure all supporters will be delighted with this tremendous honour.

"The supporters were a credit to Celtic Football Club and we all hope that we will be fortunate enough to enjoy similar occasions in European football this season."

Celtic manager Martin O'Neill said: "We have been delighted with the backing the team has received from supporters in all the competitions we have been involved in, both home and abroad. They all richly deserve this recognition from Fifa."






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