Refugee song costs Grif­fiths £2500 fine

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LEIGH GRIF­FITHS, the Celtic striker, has es­caped se­ri­ous pun­ish­ment over the sign­ing of a song about Czech for­mer Hearts player Rudi Ska­cel.

The 24-year-old was handed a two-game sus­pended ban by the SFA af­ter the player ad­mit­ted to chant­ing Ska­cel was “a f***ing refugee” when in a pub with sup­port­ers of his first club Hiber­nian. The in­ci­dent was caught on cam­era and made public.

Grif­fiths was ad­mon­ished in court af­ter plead­ing guilty in Septem­ber, but had to at­tend a hear­ing at Ham­p­den Park on Tues­day af­ter­noon when a ban was a pos­si­ble con­se­quence of his ac­tions.

How­ever, the Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al­ist’s pun­ish­ment is sus­pended un­til the end of this do­mes­tic sea­son. He has also been fined £2500. Grif­fiths was ac­cused of “not act­ing in the best in­ter­ests of as­so­ci­a­tion football by singing in public a song of an of­fen­sive, racist and/or dis­crim­i­na­tory na­ture.”

The pun­ish­ment is a fi­nal warn­ing to Grif­fiths, who apol­o­gised “un­re­servedly” for his be­hav­iour in an ear­lier state­ment.

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