Leigh Griffiths vows to stay away from Tynecastle

Griffiths in the crowd at Tynecastle the same day the offensive singing took place. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Griffiths in the crowd at Tynecastle the same day the offensive singing took place. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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CELTIC striker Leigh Griffiths says he will not be returning to Tynecastle except on playing duty following his court appearance last week.

The Leith-born Hibs fan was admonished after admitting singing a song with offensive lyrics about the former Hearts player, Rudi Skacel. The incident happened in a pub in the Roseburn area of Edinburgh before a Hearts-Hibs derby game at Tynecastle in March last year.

The Scottish Football Association issued an updated notice of complaint to Griffiths, alleging: “singing in public a song of an offensive, racist and/or discriminatory nature”, held in abeyance until the court case ended. Asked if he was aware of when his SFA charge would be be dealt with, he said: “No. I will leave that to upstairs and whoever deals with that. I will just concentrate on Ajax and trying to get three points for Celtic.”

Griffiths, though, admits he has no intention of going back to Tynecastle unless it is as a Celtic player.

“I am glad it is done and now I can concentrate on my football,” he said. “It was a stupid mistake that I won’t be doing again. I have learned a lot from it.

“It was a derby and it was heat of the moment. Safe to say I won’t be going back to Tynecastle unless it is playing for Celtic.”

Griffiths pled guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last Friday to singing a song with offensive lyrics which described Skacel as a “refugee”. He issued a statement of apology and his lawyer said the player had been fined four weeks’ wages by Celtic over the incident.