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UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against Celtic

Police in the stands at Celtic on Tuesday night. Credit: PA

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic for crowd disturbances by their supporters during the Champions League match against Manchester City.

The Scottish champions face charges from European football's governing body for setting off fireworks and "crowd disturbances" at the Etihad Stadium.

The game, a dead rubber with City already assured of qualification for the knock-out stages and Celtic unable to advance, finished 1-1.

This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on February 23, 2017.


Alderweireld returns to Tottenham squad for CSKA clash at Wembley

Spurs welcome back Toby Alderweireld after the defender's injury lay-off. Credit: PA

Toby Alderweireld returns to the Tottenham squad for Wednesday's Champions League game at home to CSKA Moscow.

Alderweireld has been out for almost eight weeks with a knee injury and is likely to be named on the bench for the Group E match at Wembley.

Erik Lamela is unavailable as he has a family issue in Argentina while Ben Davies and Vincent Janssen are both recovering from ankle injuries.

Provisional Spurs squad: Lloris, Vorm, Lopez, Rose, Davies, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Walker, Trippier, Dier, Wanyama, Winks, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Sissoko, Onomah, Nkoudou, Son, Kane.


De Bruyne: Man City deserved to beat Barcelona

Kevin de Bruyne celebrates his goal against Barcelona. Credit: PA

Kevin De Bruyne felt Man City showed Barcelona their true colours after claiming a famous win over the European giants on Tuesday night.

Just a fortnight after being thrashed 4-0 at the Nou Camp, City turned the tables on Barca by coming from behind to beat the Catalan giants 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

De Bruyne, who scored with a sublime free-kick between two Ilkay Gundogan strikes, said: "I think we tried to play the same way we did in Nou Camp, but there we made some mistakes.

"Obviously if you make mistakes you lose 4-0.

"Here we made fewer mistakes and won 3-1. Barca are a very good team but I think we did really well and showed what we have got.

"The first half hour was a bit nervous but after that we found the key to put them under pressure.

"I think from the moment we scored (to make it) 1-1 we did really well. They didn't create a lot of chances any more.

"I don't think they knew how to break us in the second half and we could have scored more goals. Obviously it is a really well-deserved victory."

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Guardiola hails triumph over Barcelona: We beat the best team - now we have to do it again

Man City boss Pep Guardiola. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola hailed a historic victory after Man City came from behind to stun Barcelona on a memorable Champions League night in England.

Ilkay Gundogan struck twice either side of a sublime Kevin De Bruyne free-kick to earn City a 3-1 win over the Spanish champions just two weeks after being thrashed 4-0 by the same opponents.

It was City's first success against the five-times European champions in six attempts over the past three years and confirmed their arrival at the elite level arguably more emphatically than last season's run to the semi-finals.

For Guardiola it was an impressive victory against the club he led to two Champions League triumphs.

Guardiola said: "This club was for many years out of Europe, while these kind of clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich were playing every year.

"Maybe today is a good step. Now we realise, 'Wow, we won against the best team, so we are able to do that'.

"For the future generations, for new players coming in the future, they are going to realise, 'These guys were able to beat the best team, and we have to do it again'."

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