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A 27-year-old Celtic fan who invaded the pitch and touched Milan goalkeeper Dida at during a Champions League match on Wednesday has identified himself to the club and been given a life ban.

“Clearly, Celtic take this issue extremely seriously and it is satisfying that this individual has been identified so swiftly,” chief executive Peter Lawwell said in a statement on the club’s official website.

“The individual in question has now been banned for life from attending Celtic matches, both home and away.”

The unnamed individual was also handed over to the police who were detaining him in custody in Glasgow.

The development came after Strathclyde Police began a hunt for the man urging him to give himself up.

The incident, which occurred after Celtic scored a late goal to seal a 2-1 victory over the European champions, may have serious ramifications for the Scottish outfit. UEFA has confirmed it will launch an investigation into the episode and Celtic are braced for a heavy fine, and the possibility of having to play future European ties behind closed doors.

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