Celtic's Leigh Griffiths charged by Uefa with 'provoking spectators' after Linfield game

Leigh Griffiths

The match was held up after a bottle was thrown at Leigh Griffiths

Leigh Griffiths has been charged by UEFA for provoking the Linfield fans after the clubs' Champions League qualifier in Belfast last week.

The match itself saw the Scottish champions run out 2-0 winners, with Scott Sinclair and Tom Rogic on the scoresheet.

After one such incident, Griffiths was booked, having complained to the referee Alejandro Hernandez about a bottle being thrown in his direction as he prepared to take a corner.

Celtic are set to be held accountable for Griffiths actions at the end of the game, when he tied a Celtic scarf to the post in fron of the Linfield supporters in Windsor Park, according to STV News.

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This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on July 20.

The relevant part of Article 16.2 reads: "All.clubs are liable for the following inappropriate behaviour on the part of their supporters and may be subject to disciplinary measures and directives even if they can prove the absence of any negligence in relation to the organisation of the match: a. the invasion or attempted invasion of the field of play; b. the throwing of objects".

Celtic have also been charged with "improper conduct of the team" due to the fact they picked up five or more bookings.

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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