Leigh Griffiths issued with two match suspended sentence


Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has been issued with a suspended two match ban and fined £2500 by the Scottish FA after he admitted signing an offensive song about former Hearts playmaker Rudi Skacel.

The striker, who played for Hearts’ rivals Hibernian, was admonished by a sheriff last week after pleading guilty to the incident in court and now the Scottish FA have handed out their punishment after waiting for the conclusion of the court case.

Griffiths was caught on camera singing ‘Rudi Skacel is a f***ing refugee’ along with Hibernian fans in a pub before an Edinburgh derby in April last year.

The Scottish FA had charged him with allegedly breaching disciplinary Rule 86 by “not acting in the best interests of Association Football by singing in public a song of an offensive and insulting nature”, which Griffiths pled guilty too.

The 25 year old has been given 30 days to pay his fine and warned that the two game suspended sentence will be imposed if he falls foul of the Scottish FA again before the end of the season.

Celtic had fined their player four weeks’ wages for his involvement in the incident.


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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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