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McINNES SLAMS ‘SHOCKING’ TREATMENT TO SINCLAIR

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ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes has hit out at the so-called football fan who racially abused Celtic winger Scott Sinclair at Hampden on Sunday.

The Englishman labelled the individual an “absolute disgrace” after watching a video of the supporter’s rant as he prepared to take a penalty-kick against the Pittodrie outfit in the Betfred League Cup Final.

The Hoops were already leading 1-0 through a first-half effort from Ryan Christie when referee Andrew Dallas awarded a controversial penalty-kick after the turnaround.

Sinclair’s drive was brilliantly saved by Dons keeper Joe Lewis who got down swiftly to his right to push the ball away.

Brendan Rodgers’ side still took the trophy – the Irishman’s seventh since arriving at Parkhead in May 2016 – to clinch their third Cup Final success over the Pittodrie outfit in three seasons.

OH, NO…Scott Sinclair holds his head in despair after his penalty-kick miss against Dons. Pic: Geo.

Disappointed Pittodrie gaffer McInnes admitted: “Any racial abuse in this day and age is shocking.

“It’s embarrassing for the individual. It’s not a club issue – it’s the individual.

“That type of comment was maybe normal practice in the 60s and 70s and it was appalling then and shocking then and even more so now.

“It’s shocking Scott and any other player is still subjected to that.”

Sinclair had previously suffered racial abuse in a match against Rangers at Ibrox last year which was also captured on film.

And he flagged this latest incident up on Twitter when he posted the video along with this message: “Just seen the video from Sunday’s game, absolute disgrace for the ignorance of the uneducated fan shouting racial abuse.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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