Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Linfield and Celtic's Leigh Griffiths charged by UEFA after Windsor Park clash

Linfield and Celtic's Leigh Griffiths charged by UEFA after Windsor Park clash

The case against Griffiths will be heard by UEFA on Thursday, which means the striker is available to face Linfield in the second leg of their Champions League qualifier at Celtic Park tomorrow.

The European governing body has also instigated disciplinary action against Linfield over their supporters' behaviour, and Celtic for their yellow card count.

Why have Linfield been charged?

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths is charged by UEFA with "provoking spectators after the end of the match", while Linfield are in the dock over objects thrown on the pitch and a "field invasion by supporters".

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As Griffiths - a Scotland worldwide - 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.

Scotland worldwide Griffiths was targeted by objects thrown from a section of the home crowd while taking a corner.

Celtic have also been charged with improper conduct for having five players booked during the match, while Linfield must answer charges in relation to throwing objects and supporters invading the field.

The second charge comes from the team accumulating five yellow cards.

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The regulations on player misconduct state that Griffiths can expect a suspension of one match or longer if he is found guilty.

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

Superintendent Craig Smith said a "robust policing plan" had been put in place following co-operation with officers in Northern Ireland.

Linfield have urged their 1,500 travelling supporters to "do nothing to harm or damage the name of the club you are supporting".

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The game, which Celtic won 2-0, was temporarily stopped at one stage as Griffiths had a bottle thrown at him by a member of the crowd as he attempted to take a corner. We are obviously very disappointed that a small number of people chose not to respect the club's wishes.

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