Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

UEFA charges Celtic, Linfield over Champions League disorder

UEFA charges Celtic, Linfield over Champions League disorder

The club has been called to account for Griffiths' actions at the end of the match when he tied a Celtic scarf around the goalposts.

The striker was booked after picking up a bottle thrown onto the pitch, a decision Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers branded as "strange" before saying he would seek further explanation from the officials.

"You sometimes get these scenes not only here but throughout the country and it's obviously not something we want to see".

"We'll just have a look at it and get the thoughts on the officials on why it happened", said Rodgers.

"The game was in good spirit in the main and ideally it's not what you want to see. I feel much more in control of where I need to be when we don't have the ball and are defending". The Scotland forward had earlier been booked in controversial circumstances and complained to the referee when bottles were thrown at him when he prepared to take a throw-in.

Second-half goals from Maxwel Cornet, Myziane Maolida and Amine Gouiri's double gave the Europa League semi-finalists the win.

The former Rangers striker said: "Linfield as a club have made giant strides over the years to try to cut that shouting and abuse out but you get that in Old Firm games, you get that in Manchester derbies, you are always going to get a ferocious red-hot atmosphere". Fatigue and the impact of mass substitutions then took their toll. We are obviously very disappointed that a small number of people chose not to respect the club's wishes.

Linfield issued a statement after the match promising to punish anyone identified as being involved.

He said: "I have learned a lot in the previous year and I feel ready to play for Celtic in European games. There will be serious and lasting consequences for anyone involved".

Wednesday evening's second leg against Linfield will, barring the mother and father of all shock results, be followed by a meeting with either Norwegian league leaders Rosenborg or Irish champions Dundalk in third qualifying round.

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