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UEFA BAN GRIFFITHS, FINE CELTIC

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LEIGH GRIFFITHS has been hit with a one-game ban by UEFA after an incident at the end of last week’s Champions League first leg match with Linfield.

The Celtic striker, who started in the 2-0 win in Belfast, was also booked for time-wasting during the game when he was targeted by a hail of objects, including a glass bottle, while preparing to take a corner-kick.

His suspension is for “provoking spectators after the end of the match” – the frontman having tied a Celtic scarf to one of the goalposts after the final whistle.

Linfield have also been told to close the lower sector of the south stand for their next UEFA game and fined almost £9,000 for the “throwing of objects” and a “pitch invasion”.

The Hoops were also fined £4,000 for the improper conduct of the team having had five players booked in the game.

The champions have also been sanctioned with three more disciplinary charges including the displaying of an alleged “illicit banner” by fans during last night’s second leg which Brendan Rodgers’ side won 4-0.

UEFA have fined Celtic 10 times in less than six years over fan-related issues ranging from chanting to fireworks, crowd disturbances and other illicit banner charges.

 
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