Police probe launched after Celtic defender ‘racist abuse’


Celtic defeat St Johnstone 3-0. © Phil McCloy

Police Scotland have launched an investigation into claims that Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk was racially abused during the Premiership match against St.Mirren on Saturday.

The defender made a formal complaint to Police after the match, when a supporter allegedly directed monkey chants at him.

A Police Scotland statement read: “Police Scotland has received a complaint from a Celtic player alleging he was racially abused by a spectator during the St Mirren v Celtic match on Saturday.

“Police are liaising with both clubs and are analysing broadcast and CCTV footage. Inquiries are ongoing.”

Van Dijk joined Celtic last summer from Dutch outfit FC Groningen for £2.6 million has gone on to become an integral part of the Glasgow side.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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