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Leigh Griffiths banned for Celtic's first meeting with Rosenborg

Leigh Griffiths ties a Celtic scarf around the post at Windsor Park, an act which has earned him a one-match European ban Picture by Matt Bohill
By Gavin McCafferty

LEIGH Griffiths has been suspended for the first leg of Celtic’s Champions League third qualifying round clash against Rosenborg after Uefa took action against the striker and the club.

Griffiths received a one-match ban for “provoking supporters” at the end of their win over Linfield, who have been hit with a partial closure of their stadium for their next European game after the striker was pelted with missiles, in the first leg of the previous round.

Celtic have also been sanctioned with three more disciplinary charges including the displaying of an alleged “illicit banner” by fans during the second leg.

Griffiths will now sit out the visit of the Norwegian champions next Wednesday after Celtic booked their place in the third qualifying round with a 6-0 aggregate victory.

The Scotland striker had been controversially booked at Windsor Park after lifting a glass bottle off the park after being targeted with a string of missiles while attempting to take a corner. That booking has contributed to a fine of €4,500 (£4,037) for Celtic after an improper conduct charge was automatically triggered when they received five yellow cards in the game.

Uefa has ordered the partial closure of Windsor Park for one European game, specifically “south stand lower sector I”, from where the missiles flew down on Griffiths and Republic of Ireland international Jonny Hayes, and from where a fan ran on to the pitch at the end of the game before being apprehended.

Linfield were also fined €10,000 (£8,971) after being charged with two offences, the “throwing of objects” and “field invasion by supporters”.

Celtic face another disciplinary hearing next Friday after being charged over the banner plus “blocked stairways” and a kit infringement during their 4-0 win at Parkhead on Wednesday.

A Uefa spokesperson said: “The ‘illicit banner’ charge relates to the banner portraying a person in a paramilitary uniform.

Celtic condemned the banner, which was displayed in the safe-standing section of Celtic Park. Other banners also appeared to make reference to the Troubles during the visit of the Belfast team.

A club statement read: “Any support for a paramilitary or proscribed terrorist organisation has no place at Celtic Park.”

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