Tar­get of bot­tle throw­ers charged by UEFA

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

NYON, SWITZER­LAND — 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.

Celtic’s Leigh Grif­fiths is charged with “pro­vok­ing spec­ta­tors (af­ter the end of the match),” UEFA said on Mon­day.

Af­ter Celtic’s 2-0 win last Fri­day at Wind­sor Park, North­ern Ire­land’s na­tional sta­dium, Grif­fiths took a scarf in Celtic’s green and white colours and tied it to a goal­post.

Grif­fiths had been shown a yel­low card for time-wast­ing in the sec­ond half of the game. The Scot­land for­ward de­layed tak­ing a cor­ner to show the ref­eree some mis­siles that nar­rowly missed him, in­clud­ing a glass bot­tle and sev­eral coins.

UEFA said it charged Lin­field with fans throw­ing ob­jects and run­ning on the pitch.

The yel­low card for Grif­fiths will not be re­voked, UEFA said.

UEFA’s dis­ci­plinary panel will judge the cases on Thurs­day, one day af­ter the re­turn match of the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round tie in Glasgow.

The first leg in Belfast had been moved back to Fri­day to avoid pos­si­ble re­li­gious ten­sions with July 12 events in North­ern Ire­land com­mem­o­rat­ing a his­toric bat­tle be­tween Protes­tant and Catholic forces.

Celtic has long ties with the Catholic com­mu­nity and Lin­field tra­di­tion­ally draws sup­port from the Protes­tant com­mu­nity.

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