Date set for John Guidetti ‘offensive’ song hearing

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CELTIC striker John Guidetti will discover on Thursday if he is to be punished for singing an allegedly “offensive” song about the demise of Rangers.

The on-loan Manchester City player had been due to appear before the Scottish Football Association’s disciplinary panel on 9 April but that hearing was postponed. The SFA has confirmed the 22-year-old’s case will now be heard this Thursday.

Guidetti has been accused to singing a 'sectarian slur'. Picture: John Devlin

Guidetti has been accused to singing a 'sectarian slur'. Picture: John Devlin

Guidetti was issued with a notice of complaint last month after giving an interview to Dutch TV show FC Rijnmond.

In it, he repeats a chant sung about him by the Celtic support: “Oh John Guidetti, puts the ball in the net-y, he’s a Super Swede and the huns are deid, walking in Guidetti wonderland.”

Rangers fans claim the term “hun” is a sectarian slur – although supporters of other clubs insist it has no religious connotations.

SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan accused the Swede of breaching a disciplinary rule.

It is not clear if Guidetti will appear before the Hampden panel but Celtic have already backed the player.

In a statement issued last month, a spokesman for the Parkhead outfit said: “We are very surprised and disappointed that this has even found its way to an SFA judicial panel. John Guidetti will be defending this charge.”

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