Griffiths, Celtic and Linfield charged after ill-tempered Champions League tie

UEFA charge Celtic over Griffiths 'provoking ' fans

UEFA charge Celtic over Griffiths 'provoking ' fans

UEFA has opened disciplinary cases against Celtic and Linfield after disorder at a Champions League qualifying match, including against a Celtic forward who was the target of bottle-throwing by home fans in Belfast.

Griffiths tied a green and white scarf to the goalpost at the Kop end of the ground after the final whistle.

Linfield have also been charged by European football's governing body, cited for supporters throwing objects but also for fans invading the pitch.

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. Linfield have said they will investigate that incident.

UEFA has said that its Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will deal with the case on Thursday.

Police in full riot gear, backed up with dogs, ended the Belfast game on the pitch keeping rival fans apart after several hundred Celtic fans obtained tickets despite the Scottish club's decision not to take up their allocation.

In adddition, Brendan Rodgers' side have been hit with a further charge of improper conduct for having had five players booked in the fixture.

The return leg is at Celtic Park on Wednesday 19 July.

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