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Celtic's Leigh Griffiths fined over 'refugee' song about Rudi Skacel

The Scottish striker has been fined and given a suspended two-game ban.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates in front of Hearts fans after scoring at Tynecastle in February 2014.
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates in front of Hearts fans after scoring at Tynecastle in February 2014.
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CELTIC STAR LEIGH Griffiths has been fined £2,500 and given a suspended two-match ban for singing an offensive song about former Hearts player Rudi Skacel, who is a Czech national.

The ex-Hibs player was filmed singing “Rudi Skacel is a f**king refugee” in a pub full of other Hibs fans and had admitted an SFA charge of “not acting in the best interests of Association Football by singing in public a song of an offensive and insulting nature”.

The incident occurred in April of last year before Griffiths himself attended an Edinburgh derby between fierce rivals Hearts and Hibs at Tynecastle.

He has been given 30 days to pay his fine and has been warned that a two-game penalty will be triggered if he steps out of line again before the end of the season.

Celtic fined Griffiths four weeks wages over the incident and the player apologised for his wrongdoing. In a statement issued via the club, he said:

“I made a mistake, I wrongly became involved in this incident and did not fully consider my actions. I apologise unreservedly for this.

“I am pleased that the judge felt no further action was required. However this is a matter which I have absolutely learned from.”

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