TEAMS CHARGED FOR VI­O­LENCE

The Witness - - SPORT -

LON­DON — Lin­field and Celtic have both been charged af­ter vi­o­lent scenes at last week’s Cham­pi­ons League match in Belfast, Uefa said yes­ter­day.

The Ir­ish Pre­mier­ship cham­pi­ons have been charged af­ter their fans threw ob­jects on to the pitch and in­vaded the play­ing area at the end of the 2­0 de­feat in the sec­ond­round, first­leg qual­i­fier.

Celtic striker Leigh Grif­fiths, who had a bot­tle thrown at him, has been charged with pro­vok­ing spec­ta­tors, while Celtic face an im­proper con­duct charge for re­ceiv­ing five yel­low cards. The match had been iden­ti­fied as po­lit­i­cally charged. Me­dia re­ports said Grif­fiths tied a Celtic scarf around the Wind­sor Park goal­post and made a 5­1 ges­ture — a ref­er­ence to the pre­dom­i­nantly Catholic side’s win over Glas­gow ri­vals Rangers, a Protes­tant club with close ties to Lin­field.

Po­lice in full riot gear, backed up with dogs, ended the Belfast game on the pitch keep­ing ri­val fans apart af­ter sev­eral hun­dred Celtic fans ob­tained tick­ets de­spite the Scot­tish club’s de­ci­sion not to take up their al­lo­ca­tion.

The dis­ci­plinary charges will be dealt with on July 20.

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