Celtic charged over illicit banner at Linfield game
Celtic have been hit with three charges by UEFA for the game against Linfield including the display of an “illicit” banner.The club were disciplined on Thursday afternoon after a display in the second leg of their Champions League qualifying round at Celtic Park.The other charges against the club are for kit infringement and stairway blocking.The charge of kit infringement is in regards to sponsors Magners being shown on substitutes bibs, although STV understands the club are likely only to receive a warning for this offence. This is the second set of charges in as many games for Celtic in Europe after they were cited for the away tie against Linfield for improper conduct of the team as well as a charge for Leigh Griffiths for provoking the Linfield fans.Celtic said in statement: “Any support for a paramilitary or proscribed terrorist organisation has no place at Celtic Park. “The club has been consistent in condemning such conduct on the very few occasions in the past when it has occurred at Celtic Park. “It is unfortunate that such a small minority of the crowd at Celtic Park last night behaved in such a way.” The club added: “We know that the Celtic support will join us in condemning such behaviour. “Events last night have resulted in charges from UEFA in relation to the paramilitary banners and unsafe behaviour in a section of the Celtic support. “The club has commenced an inquiry and will take appropriate action.”The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on July 28.