Dons boss slams racist abuse of Celtic star

‘Ap­palling and shock­ing’

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANNY LAW

Aberdeen man­ager Derek McInnes has crit­i­cised the Dons sup­porter who racially abused Celtic winger Scott Sin­clair dur­ing the Bet­fred Cup fi­nal at Ham­p­den.

Sin­clair posted a video on his Twit­ter ac­count ap­pear­ing to show the winger be­ing racially abused as he stepped up to take a penalty that was saved by Dons goal­keeper Joe Lewis.

The 29-year-old English­man said: “Just seen the video from Sun­day’s game. Ab­so­lute dis­grace for the ig­no­rance of the un­e­d­u­cated fan shout­ing racial abuse.”

McInnes con­demned the ac­tions and said: “Any racial abuse, in this day and age, is shock­ing. 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, and even more so now. It’s shock­ing that Scott Sin­clair and any other player is still sub­jected to that.”

Mean­while, Dons mid­fielder Con­nor McLen­nan has signed a new deal that will keep him at Pit­to­drie un­til the end of the 2020-21 sea­son.

The Peter­head-born 19-year-old came on as a first half sub­sti­tute for Gary Mackay-Steven in last Sun­day’s Bet­fred Cup fi­nal de­feat by Celtic and started Wed­nes­day’s 1-0 win against Rangers at Ibrox.

He said: “As soon as I heard about it, I couldn’t wait to get the con­tract signed.

“It’s been a great week for me, hav­ing been in­volved in the Bet­fred Cup fi­nal and then start­ing at Ibrox on Wed­nes­day for what was a mas­sive win.

“The team were all des­per­ate to make amends for Sun­day and it was a great feel­ing. My ob­jec­tive now is to ce­ment a reg­u­lar place in the first team.”

The Dons will look to build on their Ibrox suc­cess with a vic­tory against in-form St John­stone at Pit­to­drie to­day.

Gary Mackay-Steven (con­cus­sion) and Mikey Devlin (foot) re­main side­lined, while Sam Cos­grove is sus­pended af­ter be­ing sent off against Rangers.

Cos­grove ap­peared un­for­tu­nate to see red for a sec­ond book­ing fol­low­ing a chal­lenge with Gers de­fender Con­nor Gold­son with McInnes call­ing for video as­sis­tant ref­er­ees (VAR) to be used in the Scot­tish Premier­ship.

He said: “There is a boy get­ting paid to play who can’t play based on the wrong de­ci­sion. It’s ridicu­lous.

“Mis­takes hap­pen and I do think our au­thor­i­ties should be look­ing to try VAR or some sort of sys­tem sim­i­lar to VAR.”

Scot­tish FA chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Maxwell last night con­firmed the game’s govern­ing bod­ies will con­sider in­tro­duc­ing VAR in the wake of re­cent crit­i­cism of ref­er­ees.

Do you know the Aberdeen sup­porter who racially abused Scott Sin­clair? Email [email protected]

“It’s not a club is­sue for me. It’s the in­di­vid­ual”

RE­MEM­BER THE NAME: Con­nor McLen­nan, 19, says he couldn’t wait to sign his new deal with the Dons

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