Celtic's Leigh Griffiths charged by Uefa with 'provoking spectators' after Linfield game

Leigh Griffiths

Leigh Griffiths

UEFA has opened disciplinary cases against Celtic and Linfield after disorder at a Champions League qualifying match, including against a Celtic forward who was the target of bottle-throwing by home fans in Belfast.

The game, which Celtic won 2-0, was temporarily stopped at one stage as Griffiths had a bottle thrown at him by a member of the crowd as he attempted to take a corner.

The club has been called to account for Griffiths' actions at the end of the match when he tied a Celtic scarf around the goalposts.

UEFA said it charged Linfield with fans throwing objects and running on the pitch.

Celtic has long ties with the Catholic community and Linfield traditionally draws support from the Protestant community. It has also been reported that his yellow card will not be rescinded by the European football governing body. Griffiths, Jozo Simunovic, Tom Rogic, Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong were all cautioned by the referee. Linfield have said they will investigate that incident.

The second charge against Celtic relates to "improper conduct of the team", which occurs when a side gets five or more cards in the same game.

Celtic had previously said that it was "not planning" to organise live TV rights for the second leg and the only place to see the game live will be on Celtic's subscription channel, Celtic TV.