UEFA charges Celtic, Linfield over Champions League disorder

Vincent De Villiers
Julho 17, 2017

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has been charged by UEFA for "provoking spectators at the end of the game" against Linfield in their Europa League qualifying clash.

The second leg of the tie will be played tomorrow evening in Glasgow, with Celtic enjoying a 2-0 lead from the first leg.

After the game had finished, Griffiths tied a Celtic scarf around one of the goalposts, an action that angered Linfield supporters, causing some of them to attempt to get on to the pitch. The Scotland forward had earlier been booked in controversial circumstances and complained to the referee when bottles were thrown at him when he prepared to take a throw-in.

For accumulating five yellow cards.

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Uefa have opened disciplinary proceedings against both clubs following the game at Windsor Park and the case will now be heard by Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on July 20.

Of course, there is a bitter rivalry between both supporters from Celtic and Linfield stemming from a difference in beliefs and traditions. In addition to Griffiths, Jozo Simunovic, Tom Rogic, Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong were also booked.

In a statement after Friday's game, Linfield said there will be "serious and lasting consequences" for fans who threw objects at Griffiths.

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