Uefa charge Linfield, Leigh Griffiths and Celtic after Champions League violence

“This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 20 July”, UEFA reported.

UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic and Linfield over incidents at last week’s Champions League tie, European football’s governing body announced on Monday.

Why have Linfield been charged?

Griffiths tied a green and white scarf to the goalpost at the Kop end of the ground after the final whistle.

The second round qualifying match was held up at one point after a bottle was thrown at Griffiths as he tried to take a corner kick.

And Celtic have also been hit with a charge of improper conduct after having five players booked in the game.

Scotland global Griffiths was targeted by objects thrown from a section of the home crowd while taking a corner.

One Linfield fan ran on to the pitch before being apprehended while others threw missiles and clashed with police and stewards.

Griffiths had been shown a yellow card for time-wasting in the second half of the game. In addition to Griffiths, Jozo Simunovic, Tom Rogic, Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong were also booked.

The regulations on player misconduct state that Griffiths can expect a suspension of one match or longer if he is found guilty.

Linfield have urged their 1,500 travelling supporters to “do nothing to harm or damage the name of the club you are supporting”.

The Hoops recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over the Northern Ireland outfit thanks to an own-goal from Mark Haughey and Tom Rogic’s crisp finish following a well-worked corner routine inside the first 25 minutes at Windsor Park.

“Linfield FC strongly condemns these actions and will be taking all necessary steps to identify any individual who was engaged in this activity”.