McInnes blasts racist fan af­ter Sin­clair abuse in Bet­fred Cup fi­nal


ABERDEEN man­ager Derek McInnes in­sists there is no room for racism in Scot­tish foot­ball as he re­acted to a video dur­ing the Bet­fred League Cup fi­nal on Sun­day when a sup­porter in the Dons sec­tion of Ham­p­den was recorded racially abus­ing Celtic’s Scott Sin­clair as he pre­pared to take a penalty.

In the video (in­set), the Celtic winger is abused just be­fore he steps up to take the penalty, saved by Dons goal­keeper Joe Lewis, and af­ter the Hoops player tweeted that the in­ci­dent was “an ab­so­lute dis­grace for the ig­no­rance of the un­e­d­u­cated fan shout­ing racial abuse”. McInnes backed his com­ment.

“Any racial abuse, in this day and age, is shock­ing,” he said. “It’s em­bar­rass­ing for the in­di­vid­ual. It’s not a club is­sue for me. 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, but it is even more so now.

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

McInnes was also keen to men­tion what he de­scribed as a “real in­jus­tice” at hav­ing his striker, Sam Cos­grove, or­dered off against Rangers fol­low­ing two yel­low cards, and so can’t ap­peal the de­ci­sion.

Cos­grove will miss the visit to Pit­to­drie to­day of St John­stone, sit­ting in fifth place in the Premier­ship, just one point above Aberdeen, who have a game in hand.

McInnes main­tains Cos­grove was harshly treated and has called, not only for VAR to be in­tro­duced into Scot­tish foot­ball, but for ref­er­ees to be­come full-time of­fi­cials.

“There is a boy there, get­ting paid to play who can’t even play,” he said of Cos­grove. “It’s ridicu­lous, it re­ally is, based on the wrong de­ci­sion.

“But mis­takes hap­pen, and I do think that our au­thor­i­ties should be look­ing to try VAR, or some sort of sys­tem sim­i­lar to VAR.

“Ev­ery top-flight league in Europe will have it in the next cou­ple of sea­sons I’m pretty sure. Ev­ery ma­jor com­pe­ti­tion will have it.

“We can’t get left be­hind and we’ve got to make sure we’re at the fore­front.”

Dons boss Derek McInnes

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