Refugee song costs Griffiths £2500 fine
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.