Linfield look into Leigh Griffiths Champions League bottle incident

Pauline Gross
July 17, 2017

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

Griffiths was bizarrely booked by Spanish referee Alejandro Hernandez for time-wasting when he waited to take a corner after objects were thrown in his direction.

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

It was however Griffiths' corners which proved fatal to Linfield, with both Celtic goals, from Scott Sinclair and Tom Rogic inside the opening 22 minutes, giving the Scottish champions a 2-0 win.

At full time, the 26-year-old tied a Celtic scarf to one of the posts in a gesture which angered the home support further, and Sutton believes he was "out of order" and diminished the fact that Griffiths was booked after removing the missles from the pitch.

"No matter where we go, the Celtic fans are fantastic, they follow us everywhere, home and away, so it was fantastic to see them".

"But like I say the talk is more really on the football for us".

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He said: "You sometimes get these scenes not only here but throughout the country and it's obviously not something we want to see, ' he said of the missile-throwing".

"The game was in good spirit in the main and ideally it's not what you want to see".

"Given time and me working hard in training, listening to the gaffer's advice, I think I will be able to get in the team as much as I can. The scoreline was okay, it could have been better but it gives us the advantage for the second leg".

Linfield issued a statement after the match promising to punish anyone identified as being involved.

"We knew he was a good player".

"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 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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