Celtic’s on loan midfielder Aleksandar Tonev continues to plead innocence after seeing his appeal against a seven match ban for racist abuse dismissed by a Scottish FA tribunal.
In a statement via the official Celtic website, the Bulgarian international said: “A lot has happened in the last few months. It has been a very difficult time for me and everyone involved. All I can do is move on from this now.
“I have made my case all along that I never used the words I was accused of using. I say again that I did not do this, I know what I am and I am not a racist.
“I want everyone to understand that, most of all the Celtic fans, who have been a great support to me since coming to the Club. I know what happened and I know that I will definitely recover from this as a stronger person.”
Tonev was alleged to have racially abused Aberdeen defender Shay Logan during September’s game between the two sides. A Scottish FA hearing ruled in October that they believed Logan’s testimony over that of Tonev’s and handed the winger a seven match ban.
Celtic appealed that decision, but after waiting for the appeal tribunal to publish their findings, the initial verdict was upheld and Tonev will not be banned for six games – having already been banned for one.
Meanwhile, Aberdeen defender Shay Logan took to twitter after the decision to uphold the seven match ban imposed by the original hearing.
According to reports Celtic will not be taking the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.