Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths and Linfield have both been charged by UEFA after angry scenes at the Champions League clash between the two clubs on Thursday.
Linfield have been charged with both throwing of objects and a field invasion by supporters under Article 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations. A bottle of buckfast was thrown in the direction of Griffiths as he prepared to take a corner beside the South Stand before the hour-mark of the first leg match that finished 2-0 to Celtic.
The relevant part of Article 16.2 reads: “All…clubs are liable for the following inappropriate behaviour on the part of their supporters and may be subject to disciplinary measures and directives even if they can prove the absence of any negligence in relation to the organisation of the match: a. the invasion or attempted invasion of the field of play; b. the throwing of objects.”
Griffiths, meanwhile, has been charged for provoking spectators under Article 15 (1) (a). That rule says that a player may receive a “suspension for one competition match or a specified period for provoking spectators.” Griffiths tied a green and white scarf to the goalpost at the Kop end of the ground after the final whistle.
His side Celtic have also been charged with improper conduct of the team under Article 15 (4), after they picked up five bookings – a standard charge for teams who receive cards for five or more players in a particular match. One of those yellow cards caused much controversy as Griffiths was cautioned by referee Alejandro Hernandez when he twice alerted the official to objects being thrown onto the pitch.
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