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Football: Celtic investigate Amsterdam fan violence

Scottish champions Celtic on Thursday announced an investigation into violent clashes between supporters and police ahead of their Champions League defeat by Ajax in Amsterdam. Dutch police arrested 44 people, including 28 from Scotland, after fans armed with bottles and sticks reportedly attacked plain-clothed officers prior to Wednesday's Group G fixture. Eight police officers were injured in the disorder. Celtic pledged to launch a probe, but claimed that their supporters had been "subjected to a high degree of provocation".

RugbyU: Scotland squad for November Tests

Scotland 41-man squad announced Tuesday to play Japan, South Africa and Australia in Test matches at Edinburgh's Murrayfield next month: Backs: Mark Bennett (Glasgow), Chris Cusiter (Glasgow), Nick de Luca (Edinburgh), Alex Dunbar (Glasgow), Max Evans (Castres/FRA), Tom Heathcote (Bath/ENG), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow), Sean Lamont (Glasgow), Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh), Sean Maitland (Glasgow), Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow), Matt Scott (Edinburgh), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow), Duncan Taylor (Saracens/ENG), Greig Tonks (Edinburgh), Tim Visser (Edinburgh), Duncan Weir (Glasgow)

Football: Brown gets three-game ban for Neymar kick

Celtic captain Scott Brown was on Thursday given a three-game Champions League ban by UEFA after being sent off for kicking Barcelona superstar Neymar. Brown was shown a straight red card for bringing the Brazilian down and then kicking out at him during the second half of the Group H game at Celtic Park on October 1, which Barcelona went on to win 1-0. Brown's dismissal automatically ruled him out of Celtic's home game with Ajax on Tuesday and he will now also miss the return game in Amsterdam and the visit of AC Milan.

Australian-owned Clydesdale Bank handed hefty fine

British regulators Thursday said they had fined Australian-owned Clydesdale Bank almost £9.0 million for failing to inform customers of their rights after making errors on thousands of home loan repayments. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) watchdog said the penalty came to £8.9 million ($14.3 million, 10.6 million euros), the latest in a line of fines incurred by Britain's financial sector.

Football: Rangers star Black banned over gambling

Rangers midfielder Ian Black was handed an immediate three-match ban on Thursday for breaching rules on gambling, with a further seven games suspended until the end of the season. The Scottish Football Association (SFA) also hit Black with a £7,500 ($11,864, 8,924 euros) fine following a hearing at Hampden Park in Glasgow on Thursday. The SFA sanctions were handed down after Black admitted charges of betting on his then-registered club not to win on three separate occasions and betting on a further 10 football matches that involved his own club.

Football: Broken Hearts suffer more misery

Hearts' battle to avoid relegation from the Scottish Premiership got off to a losing start as they went down 1-0 away to St Johnstone on Sunday. Despite their large travelling support turning the match almost into a home game, the Jambos were sunk by a first half Stevie May strike. The scale of the problems facing Hearts are stark. The financially-stricken club started the campaign with a 15 point deduction for entering administration in the close-season, a daunting prospect for team that finished only 14 points off bottom spot in the last campaign.

Football: Troubled Hearts hit with transfer ban

Troubled Scottish Premier League club Hearts have been hit with an extended transfer embargo as punishment for their spell in administration. A Scottish Football Association judicial panel imposed the ban on Thursday, leaving Hearts unable to sign new players aged 21 and over until February 1 next year. The Edinburgh outfit were already banned from signing players following their entry into administration on June 19.

Football: Celtic warn fans over Euro fireworks

Scottish champions Celtic have issued a final warning to a section of their support after UEFA opened an investigation into the "setting off of fireworks" at Tuesday's Champions League qualifier. The Hoops hierarchy have an uneasy relationship with a group dubbed the 'Green Brigades' who sit in section 111 of Parkhead Stadium and now claim their behaviour is putting the club's General Safety Certificate at risk following a series of firework explosions during the Cliftonville clash.

Football: Former Rangers chief fined for racist remark

Former Rangers chief executive Charles Green was fined £2,500 ($3,881, 2,972 euros) on Thursday for making alleged racist comments about an Asian member of the Scottish club's staff in a newspaper interview. The Scottish Football Association (SFA) found Green guilty of "bringing the game into disrepute by making comments in a media interview of an offensive and racist nature" and "not acting in the best interests of football".

Football: Rangers appoint new interim chief executive

Scottish football giants Rangers have appointed Craig Mather as interim chief executive after the resignation of Charles Green, they said on Wednesday. The Glasgow club said that Mather, a shareholder and director of sports development since last October, would hold the position until a permanent replacement for Green was found. "Rangers announces that the Board has appointed Craig Mather, aged 42, to the role of Chief Operating Officer for the Group," Rangers said in a statement to the London Stock Exchange.
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