Celtic fans display 'paramilitary' banner during Linfield game

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UEFA said Thursday a disciplinary case relating to an "illicit banner" will be judged on July 28, ahead of announcing verdicts from the Scottish champion's previous game against Linfield of Northern Ireland.

Celtic cruised into the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League with a 4-0 victory over Linfield, earning it a 6-0 aggregate advantage and a clash with Norwegian champion Rosenborg - the home of Tom Rogic's worldwide team-mate Alex Gersbach.

As Griffiths - a Scotland worldwide - prepared to take a corner he was shown a yellow card in rather controversial circumstances as he complained to the referee when bottles from the crowd were thrown at him.

Griffiths is accused of provoking spectators when he tied a Celtic scarf to a goalpost after the final whistle. The number of cards is cited in the "improper conduct" charges brought by UEFA.

Griffiths, 26, was booked during the match for what looked like "time-wasting" despite having objects, including a Buckfast bottle, hurled at him.

The Blues have also been ordered to partially close their stadium at Windsor Park for any next UEFA fixture as the host club - namely the South Stand lower sector.

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"There is a section of Celtic fans who are serial offenders when it comes to this behaviour".

The reward for tomorrow night's victors will likely be a clash with Celtic, who take a 2-0 lead into their second leg against Linfield at Celtic Park.

"Any support for a paramilitary or proscribed terrorist organisation has no place at Celtic Park".

Meanwhile, Celtic have released a club statement condemning the actions of "a small minority" of its supporters.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has been banned by UEFA for his side's Champions League third round first-leg qualifier against Rosenborg next week. Linfield have been charged for the missiles and because a supporter managed to get onto the pitch.

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