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STRICT SWISS REF IN CHARGE OF HOOPS TIE

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NO-NONSENSE Swiss referee Stephan Klossner will be in charge of Celtic’s Champions League qualifier against Linfield at a 60,000 sell-out Parkhead on Wednesday.

And the strict match official once ABANDONED a European game after a player had been struck by a missile thrown by fans. 

Brendan Rodgers’ side go into the tie two goals ahead after first-leg efforts from Scotty Sinclair and Tom Rogic on Friday night in Belfast.

There was uproar when missiles, including a bottle, were thrown at Leigh Griffiths as he prepared to take a left-wing corner-kick.

Incredibly, bungling Spanish ref Alejandro Hernandez booked the Hoops striker for delaying the restart of the game.

Now UEFA have acted to put in hard-liner Klossner who has previously proved he will not tolerate such unacceptable misbehavior from yobs masquerading as football fans.

Two years ago, during a Europa League qualifier between Albanian side Kukesi and Legia Warsaw, visiting midfielder Ondrej Duda was struck by an object hurled from the crowd, later found to be a chunk of rock, while celebrating the Polish team’s second goal.

Klossner ordered the players off the pitch and he and the match delegate decided to abandon the tie, with the scoreline 2-1 in favour of Legia.

UEFA later awarded a 3-0 win to the Polish outfit.

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