The Scottish Football Association has postponed Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths’ disciplinary hearing to allow police to conclude their own investigation into allegations of racist chanting.
The Celtic striker was due to face charges of bringing the game into disrepute and acting against the best interests of football today after he was filmed in a pub full of Hibernian supporters before attending the Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle on 30 March.
But Griffiths’ lawyer has now won a two-week postponement while Police Scotland conclude their own investigation. An SFA spokesman said: “At the request of his solicitor, the principal hearing date relating to the notice of complaint issued to Leigh Griffiths on Wednesday, 9 April has been adjourned until Thursday, 5 June, to allow for the conclusion of the ongoing criminal investigation by Police Scotland.”
Griffiths was initially charged after being caught on camera allegedly singing “Hearts are going bust”, but the SFA notice of complaint was updated after Police Scotland launched an investigation on the back of fresh footage in which the Scotland international is seen as Hibs fans sing a song which refers to ex-Hearts player Rudi Skacel as a “refugee”.