UEFA charges Celtic, Linfield over Champions League disorder

NYON, Switzerland (AP) 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.

UEFA says Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths is charged with ”provoking spectators (after the end of the match).”

Griffiths had been shown a yellow card for time-wasting in the second half of Celtic’s 2-0 win last Friday. Griffiths delayed taking a corner to show the referee some missiles that narrowly missed him, including a glass bottle and several coins.

UEFA says Linfield faces charges of fans throwing objects and running on the pitch.

UEFA’s disciplinary panel will judge the cases on Thursday, one day after the return match of the second qualifying round tie in Glasgow.