Celtic and Linfield could potentially face tough sanctions from UEFA

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BRENDAN RODGERS claimed his Celtic side to be in a much better place than a year ago following their 4-0 Champions League qualifying victory over Linfield on Wednesday night.

Also Thursday, the UEFA disciplinary panel was judging charges against both clubs arising from the first leg last week.

UEFA imposed a one-match ban on Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths for "provoking spectators" after the game in Belfast, during which he was a target for bottle-throwing home fans.

We perhaps shouldn't be too surprised at the judgement of the cabal that now sit within the higher echelons of European football as they have quite a history of freakish charges against the club.

"This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 20 July", UEFA reported.

The Scotland global was issued with a one-match European ban on Thursday for "provoking spectators" at the end of Celtic's 2-0 second round first-leg win over Linfield last Friday.

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How Celtic fans have reacted to the double charge on Twitter....

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Celtic won the second leg at Celtic Park 4-0 thanks to a double from Scott Sinclair and goals from Stuart Armstrong and Tom Rogic. It is unfortunate that such a small minority of the crowd at Celtic Park last night behaved in such a way.

Sources close to Celtic said the club was "stunned" and "astonished" by yesterday's turn of events.

"The club has been consistent in condemning such conduct on the very few occasions in the past when it has occurred at Celtic Park".

"Celtic are a quality side, we knew that", he said.

Around 1,500 Linfield fans travelled from Belfast to watch this evening's game as police urged supporters to "focus on the football" and brought in additional officers to Celtic's home city to assist supporters. "The Club has commenced an inquiry and will take appropriate action".

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