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Uefa is set to review an incident where a Celtic fan appeared to strike AC Milan goalkeeper Dida during the Champions League clash at Celtic Park.

Celtic's Scott McDonald scored a late winner to make it 2-1 and the fan ran across Dida's path before striking him.

Dida appeared to chase the culprit as he ran away but then collapsed and was eventually taken away on a stretcher.

Celtic could now face the prospect of Uefa sanctions including losing points or expulsion from the competition.

Uefa's director of communications William Gaillard told BBC Sport that they would wait for reports from the referee and match delegate.

They should arrive on Friday and Gaillard said any case would be referred to an independent disciplinary body.

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan refused to comment on the issue, while AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said he saw no reason for the result to be changed.

Dida was hit by a flare two seasons ago during a Champions League quarter-final between AC Milan and Inter Milan.

On that occasion the game was abandoned and Uefa awarded a 5-0 aggregate victory to AC Milan, who progressed to the semi-finals.

Inter were subsequently fined £132,000 by Uefa and forced to play their next four European games behind closed doors.

The incident at Celtic Park marred an otherwise successful night for Celtic who avenged their defeat to the champions last season.

BBC Sport's Roddy Forsyth, who was at the game, said: "I don't see how Celtic will get away with this one."

(from the BBC)

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