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Griffiths faces more UEFA charges


Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths. Pic: PA

Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths. Pic: PA

Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths. Pic: PA

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths faces further disciplinary action on top of his bizarre Belfast booking after being accused of "provoking" Linfield supporters.

UEFA has opened a case against Griffiths over his actions at the end of Celtic's 2-0 Champions League win at Windsor Park on Friday.

The Scotland international, who was earlier pelted with missiles including a glass bottle, tied a Celtic scarf to a goalpost. The European governing body has also instigated disciplinary action against Linfield over their supporters' behaviour, and Celtic for their yellow card count. Linfield face two charges relating to "throwing of objects" and "field invasion by supporters".

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers expressed concern for player safety after the highly-charged encounter, which had been moved back to avoid clashing with Orange Order parades on July 12.

Griffiths was booked by Spanish referee Alejandro Hernandez, presumably for wasting time, as he dodged coins and bottles while trying to take a 64th-minute corner. He had already cleared some missiles off the pitch before picking up a glass wine bottle, which narrowly missed him.

The 26-year-old was soon substituted but Jonny Hayes was also the target of missiles when taking corners at the same side of the pitch.

Griffiths tied a scarf to a post in front of the stand Linfield reserved for about 300 Celtic supporters who managed to buy tickets despite their club refusing their allocation. Officers with riot gear and dogs lined up in front of the section from where the missiles had earlier been thrown.

Griffiths' yellow card was one of five which Celtic received and the UEFA charge confirms that it will not be revoked. Teams are automatically charged with "improper conduct" when they receive five or more bookings in a European game. Jozo Simunovic, Scott Brown, Tom Rogic and Stuart Armstrong were also cautioned.

All charges will be dealt with by UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary body on July 20.