Speaking after their 3-2 loss at Celtic Park, Swedish international goalkeeper Johan Wiland labelled the whole team “pigs” and accused Griffiths of “acting like a child.”
Speaking to Swedish news site Sportbladet, Wiland raged: “They are pigs, all of them, that’s the way it is. As for Griffiths...I don't know what to say. He behaved like a child. Pulling all our players all the time.”
Defender Rasmus Bengtsson added: “Their captain [Scott Brown] and a few others like to talk. I don’t think it was to their advantage that they were running around focusing on other things.”
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This isn’t the first time Celtic players have been accused of disrespect this season. After meeting Azerbaijani side Qarabag in the last round there were some harsh words directed towards the club, and Brown again was singled out.
Midfielder Gara Garayev slammed them at the time stating: "They did everything on the park except try and play football. They verbally provoked us and if we misplaced a pass they ran up to us and laughed at us.
“It was the Celtic captain who was the worst. My memory of him and the Celtic players is not very pleasant. I won't be supporting them in future rounds.”
Celtic assistant manager John Collins also upset many of their domestic opponents a few weeks ago when he said the rest of the SPL players were “not clever enough and not quick enough thinkers to punish us.”
Former Celtic front-man JO Inge Berget scored a double in the match against Malmo including a dramatic late strike that swung the tie in their favour.
Though Celtic still won the tie 3-2, it left Malmo needing only a single goal at home to progress through to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League at Celtic’s expense.
Berget made only eight appearances scoring two goals in his time at Celtic Park last season but managed the same amount last night to leave the Glasgow side in a precarious situation.
Not wishing to get involved in the heated aftermath, Berget tried to douse the flames stating: “I don’t want to say that they are a group of pigs. They have some tough players. We knew before the game that it would be tough so you just have to roll with it.”
Ronny Deila and co will be hoping for a more solid defensive display in the away fixture on Tuesday if they have any hope of progressing to the group stages of Europe’s elite competition.
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