UEFA charge Celtic over Griffiths 'provoking ' fans

Pierre Vaugeois
Juillet 17, 2017

After Celtic's 2-0 win last Friday at Windsor Park, Northern Ireland's national stadium, Griffiths took a scarf in Celtic's green and white colors and tied it to a goalpost.

Linfield has been charged with a field invasion by supporters, while the Celtic striker is accused of provoking spectators after the end of the game.

The case shall be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body later this week, on July 20.

Celtic has long ties with the Catholic community and Linfield traditionally draws support from the Protestant community.

As Griffiths - a Scotland global - prepared to take a corner he was shown a yellow card in rather controversial circumstances as he complained to the referee when bottles from the crowd were thrown at him.

It has also been reported that his yellow card will not be rescinded by the European football governing body.

Celtic were fined €8000 for picking up more than five bookings in their Europa League match against Inter Milan in February 2015. In addition to Griffiths, Jozo Simunovic, Tom Rogic, Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong were also booked.

UEFA said it charged Linfield with fans throwing objects and running on the pitch.

Celtic had previously said that it was "not planning" to organise live TV rights for the second leg and the only place to see the game live will be on Celtic's subscription channel, Celtic TV.

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