Griffiths given Champions League ban over Linfield incident

Griffiths given Champions League ban over Linfield incident

This reportedly led to a pitch invasion on the part of Linfield supporters, for which the Belfast club have also been charged by UEFA.

Scott Sinclair scored twice to help Celtic, the only former European champions among the 34 teams in the second qualifying round, to a 4-0 win over Northern Irish champions Linfield as they completed a 6-0 aggregate win.

That case will be dealt with by the Uefa control, ethics and disciplinary body on 28 July.

After Celtic's win last Friday at Windsor Park, Northern Ireland's national stadium, Griffiths took a scarf in Celtic's green and white colors and tied it to a goalpost.

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Uefa confirmed that Celtic will face charges for illicit banners, kit infringement and stairway blocking following Wednesday's game.

Linfield are holding their own probe into coin and bottle-throwing by their fans. One of them even reached the field, but luckily he was quickly removed.

Griffiths (26) spent the majority of the game dodging missiles being hurled his way when taking corners in front of the home support.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths has received a one-match ban for provoking spectators while his club have been fined £4,000.

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.

It took just four minutes for Celtic to open the scoring on the night, with Sinclair firing beyond Roy Carroll after an Olivier Ntcham effort deflected into his path.

He added: "Anyone who is intent in causing disorder or hate crime can expect to be arrested by police".

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