Uefa charge Celtic for illicit banners at Linfield game

Posted July 21, 2017

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths is charged with "provoking spectators (after the end of the match)", Uefa said on Monday.

When Griffiths walked toward Spanish refereee Alejandro Hernandez to show him what had been thrown, the player was shown a yellow card (apparently for time-wasting).

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.

After the final whistle, Scotland worldwide Griffiths tied a Celtic scarf to one of the goalposts.

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

Kundai Benyu, who joined the club from Ipswich, also made his competitive debut as a second-half substitute and Rodgers was pleased with both players' contributions.

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Linfield were hit with a fine of 10,000 euros after home fans threw objects onto the pitch during the first leg in Belfast before a group of supporters attempted to invade the pitch at the final whistle.

The cases will be dealt with by the Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on Thursday.

The former Genoa loanee has moved to Parkhead on a permanent basis from Manchester City and hopes are high among the Hoops supporters that the 21-year-old can become a cult hero among the Celtic Park faithful.

"Although the majority of supporters attending these matches are well-behaved and enjoy the game, there is often a minority who are intent in drinking too much alcohol and engage in criminal behaviour such as disorder, offensive behaviour and vandalism". They were also ordered to close a section of their ground for the club's next match in European competition.

The Hoops fans have been quick to take to Twitter to give their verdict on the new man, which was overwhelmingly positive.