Celtic's Leigh Griffiths charged by UEFA for 'provoking spectators' at Linfield

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 17, 2017

Celtic's Champions League Second qualifying round first-leg clash against Linfield last week has resulted in UEFA opening disciplinary proceedings against both clubs and Leigh Griffiths.

Following the final whistle, Scotland worldwide Griffiths tied a Celtic scarf to one of the goalposts.

This case will be dealt with by the UEFA 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.

Coins and bottles were aimed at Griffiths on a number of occasions, including in the second half when he was attempting to take a corner kick. In addition to Griffiths, Jozo Simunovic, Tom Rogic, Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong were also booked by referee Alejandro Hernandez.

His side Celtic have also been charged with improper conduct of the team under Article 15 (4), after they picked up five bookings - a standard charge for teams who receive cards for five or more players in a particular match. Media reports said Griffiths tied a Celtic scarf around the Windsor Park goalpost and made a 5-1 gesture - a reference to the predominantly Catholic side's win over Glasgow rivals Rangers, a Protestant club with close ties to Linfield.

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