Par­tial sta­dium clo­sure on cards

Evening Times - - SPORT - By STEW­ART FISHER

CELTIC could be forced to play fu­ture Cham­pi­ons League home ties in a par­tially-closed Park­head af­ter a sup­porter in­vaded the pitch and at­tempted to kick Kylian Mbappe dur­ing the 5-0 home loss to Paris Saint-Ger­main.

Uefa con­firmed yes­ter­day that it had opened dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings against the club over the in­ci­dent where a fan raced from be­hind a goal to con­front Mbappe dur­ing the sec­ond half of Tues­day night’s en­counter.

The Park­head side have been charged with a count of “field in­va­sion” and will have their case heard by the Uefa con­trol, ethics and dis­ci­plinary body on 19 Oc­to­ber, a state­ment from the Euro­pean gov­ern­ing body said.

While the in­ci­dent looked bad in iso­la­tion, even more wor­ry­ing for Celtic is the fact it is only the lat­est in a se­ries of such episodes. Over the last six years, there have been 12 of­fences that have cost the club more than £160,000.

The last came as re­cently as July, when Celtic were charged £20,600 af­ter an “il­licit ban­ner” was dis­played dur­ing their qual­i­fy­ing win over Lin­field at Celtic Park.

This led to the club an­nounc­ing a two-game clo­sure of the area of the sta­dium gen­er­ally oc­cu­pied by the Green Bri­gade sup­port­ers’ group.

While Celtic es­caped with a £25,000 fine when a sup­porter en­tered the field of play to con­front AC Mi­lan keeper Dida in 2007, Lin­field were not dealt with so le­niently over their first leg against the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons.

In ad­di­tion to a fine of £8,950, the Belfast side were or­dered to play their next Uefa match in a par­tially-closed Wind­sor Park af­ter trou­ble which in­cluded mis­siles be­ing thrown and a fan in­vad­ing the pitch in an at­tempt to con­front Leigh Grif­fiths.

A 21-year-old Celtic fan from Belfast called John Hat­ton yes­ter­day ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing Mbappe by at­tempt­ing to kick him, and also pleaded guilty to be­hav­iour likely to in­cite pub­lic dis­or­der. He was granted bail and sen­tence was de­ferred un­til 11 Oc­to­ber for back­ground re­ports.

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