CELTIC have been charged by UEFA after Leigh Griffiths allegedly “provoked” Linfield fans during the Champions League qualifier in Belfast last week.

The treble-winners have also been hit with a further charge for improper conduct after five of their players were booked during their 2-0 win.

The club has been called to account for Griffiths’ actions at the end of the match when he tied a Celtic scarf around the goalposts.

The Hoops striker had earlier been booked in controversial circumstances and complained to ropy ref Alejandro Henrandez when missiles, including a bottle, hurled at him when he prepared to take a cofrner-kick.

The second charge comes from the team accumulating five yellow cards. In addition to Griffiths, Jozo Simunovic, Tom Rogic, Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong were also booked.

Celtic were fined 8,000 euros for picking up more than five bookings in their Europa League match against Inter Milan in February 2015.

Linfield have also been charged by European football’s governing body, cited for supporters throwing objects, but also for fans invading the pitch.

The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on Thursday – the day after the second leg.

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