Linfield warn of ‘serious and lasting consequences’ for fans who threw missiles against Celtic

Linfield have strongly condemned the supporters who threw missiles onto the pitch during their Champions League second qualifying round clash with Celtic at Windsor Park on Friday.

A number of Celtic players were targeted with missiles while taking corner kicks in the first leg of the tie as the atmosphere turned somewhat sour in Belfast. Bizarrely, Leigh Griffiths was shown a yellow card by referee Alejandro José Hernández Hernández for objecting to the treatment and removing bottles from the pitch.

Commenting on the treatment of Griffiths, Bhoys manager Brendan Rodgers said: “[That’s] not what we want to see. I thought it was strange seeing him booked.”

And Linfield, who are likely to be sanctioned by UEFA for the behaviour of the fans, were unequivocal in their condemnation, warning that “there will be serious and lasting consequences” for those found to have been involved in the violence.


“The club will be reviewing our own footage and investigating an incident that took place during the match where a number of objects were thrown on to the pitch. We are obviously very disappointed that a small number of people chose not to respect the club’s wishes,” a statement posted on the official Linfield website read.

“Linfield FC strongly condemns these actions and will be taking all necessary steps to identify any individual who was engaged in this activity. The club takes the safety of fans, players and officials extremely seriously and there will be serious and lasting consequences for anyone involved.”

Celtic won the game against the NIFL Premiership champions, emerging 2-0 victors thanks to goals from Scott Sinclair and Tom Rogic, meaning they have one foot in the next round ahead of the second leg at Celtic Park next week.

LINFIELD STATEMENT IN FULL

Linfield FC would like to commend our players and staff on a determined performance in tonight’s UEFA Champions League qualifying match against Celtic FC. 

The match was played in a very good spirit and both teams played their part in delivering a highly competitive sporting occasion. 

We were pleased that the majority of fans fully respected and heeded the advice we had given them ahead of the game and we commend the Linfield fans who got fully behind the team and produced a great atmosphere in the stadium. The operational plan to manage Celtic fans who purchased tickets against their club’s wishes also worked very well.

The club will be reviewing our own footage and investigating an incident that took place during the match where a number of objects were thrown on to the pitch. We are obviously very disappointed that a small number of people chose not to respect the club’s wishes.

Linfield FC strongly condemns these actions and will be taking all necessary steps to identify any individual who was engaged in this activity. The club takes the safety of fans, players and officials extremely seriously and there will be serious and lasting consequences for anyone involved.

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