Celtic and Linfield face UEFA charges

Taylor Byrd
July 21, 2017

UEFA imposed a one-match ban on Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths for "provoking spectators" after the game in Belfast, during which he was a target for bottle-throwing home fans.

Scotland worldwide Griffiths was targeted by objects thrown from a section of the home crowd while taking a corner.

"I don't mind that Celtic are a Scottish club who have an affinity with Ireland, but they can not allow their supporters to show an affinity with Irish terrorists, which is what they have been doing".

Griffiths had a bottle and several other missiles aimed at him during the second-half and was awarded a yellow card by Spanish referee Alejandro Hernandez, seemingly for time wasting, when he delayed taking a corner-kick to show the official what had been thrown onto the pitch.

The two fresh cases that arise from the Linfield game are set to be heard by the "UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 20 July". The Glasgow club is also charged with improper conduct after its players picked up five bookings.

After the final whistle, the Scotland global tied a Celtic scarf to one of the goalposts.

The sides met at Celtic Park for the second time in six days yesterday.

In response to the paramilitary-style banners, Celtic issued a statement that read: "Any support for a paramilitary or proscribed terrorist organisation has no place at Celtic Park".

Linfield were hit with a fine of 10,000 euros after home fans threw objects onto the pitch during the first leg in Belfast before a group of supporters attempted to invade the pitch at the final whistle.

Linfield supporters targeted Celtic players with projectiles, including coins, lighters and batteries, throughout the match.

Linfield, meanwhile, have been given a partial stadium closure for their next European fixture and a fine of €10,000 as their punishment for the crowd disorder at the game.

The Hoops fans have been quick to take to Twitter to give their verdict on the new man, which was overwhelmingly positive.

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