Scott Sinclair at the double as Celtic thrash Linfield

Rosalie Stanley
July 21, 2017

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

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

After the game had finished, Griffiths tied a Celtic scarf around one of the goalposts, an action that angered Linfield supporters, causing some of them to attempt to get on to the pitch.

The banner showing a masked soldier identified with Irish Republican imagery was shown by fans on Wednesday during Celtic's 4-0 win in Glasgow in a Champions League second qualifying round, second-leg game.

Griffiths, 26, was booked during the match for what looked like "time-wasting" despite having objects, including a Buckfast bottle, hurled at him.

As Griffiths - a Scotland worldwide - prepared to take a corner he was shown a yellow card in rather controversial circumstances as he complained to the referee when bottles from the crowd were thrown at him. The Glasgow club is also charged with improper conduct after its players picked up five bookings.

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Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers's side are facing more sanctions after Wednesday's second leg encounter at Celtic Park.

The charges against Celtic include the displaying of illicit banners at Parkhead, stairways being blocked during the tie and a kit infringement, with the case to be dealt with on July 28.

Sources close to Celtic said the club was "stunned" and "astonished" by yesterday's turn of events.

Over 1,500 Linfield supporters are expected to travel to the match from Belfast.

Linfield, meanwhile, have been given a partial stadium closure for their next European fixture and a fine of €10,000 as their punishment for the crowd disorder at the game.

"There is a section of Celtic fans who are serial offenders when it comes to this behaviour".

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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