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Israeli police on alert ahead of Celtic match

Celtic v Hapoel Be'er Sheva: UEFA Champions League ,Qualifying Play-Off 1st Leg

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 17: Celtic fans lift up hundreds of Palestine flags at the start of the UEFA Champions League, Qualifying Play-Off 1st Leg between Celtic and Hapoel Be’er Sheva at Celtic Park on August 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

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JERUSALEM (AP) Israeli police are on high alert ahead of a match between Celtic and Hapoel Beer Sheva after fans of the Scottish champion waved Palestinian flags at their last meeting.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says hundreds of police will be deployed in and around the stadium to “ensure that it is a sport event and not a political event,” and that flags will be removed if necessary.

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Political banners and protests are banned at matches organized by the Union of European Football Associations.

UEFA charged Celtic over fans displaying Palestinian flags at a Champions League match with the Israeli team last week. Celtic fans often wave Palestinian flags at matches but many more were seen during that match.

Tuesday’s winner advances to the elite 32-team group stage.