Linfield to probe bottle incident involving Celtic's Griffiths


"But if you take that away from it, it was a good evening".

However the referee, instead of paying heed to Griffiths' complaints, instead showed the forward a yellow card.

He said: "There was bottles and coins being thrown at him but we have to deal with that".

When the striker went to have a second go, more objects were thrown, including a glass Buckfast bottle which went just past his shoulder.

The Hoops player had a missile thrown at him in the first half at Windsor Park after his corner had led to Scott Sinclair's opener, which was soon followed by a terrific Tom Rogic strike. At the end of the game there was one Linfield fan who succeeded on getting onto the pitch to race towards the striker, although he was quickly removed from the fray.

Celtic's win puts them in pole position to reach the next round of qualifying, where the winners of this tie will play either Dundalk or Rosenborg.

"You sometimes get these scenes not only here but throughout the country and it's obviously not something we want to see".

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"We have been to Tynecastle, Ibrox, it is like that all the time, it is part and parcel of football".

"We knew it was going to be a hard game, Celtic are a good team and would have a lot of the possession but the players gave it 100 per cent and it was a huge effort from a part-time side against a full-time one", said former Manchester United keeper Carroll.

"The game was played in good spirit in the main and ideally it's not what you want to see". I thought it was unusual to see him getting booked for it.

"It was better than the first game past year", said the Celtic manager.

"The club will be reviewing our own footage and investigating", read a Linfield statement. "We are obviously very disappointed that a small number of people chose not to respect the club's wishes", the statement said.

"Linfield FC strongly condemns these actions and will be taking all necessary steps to identify any individual who was engaged in this activity. There will be serious and lasting consequences for anyone involved".