Celtic's Aleksandar Tonev has lost his appeal against a seven-match ban for racially abusing Aberdeen's Shay Logan.
The Scottish Football Association appeal tribunal has rejected the appeal of Aleksander Tonev against the seven-match ban he received in October when he was found guilty of using "offensive, insulting and abusive language of a racist nature" towards the Aberdeen defender.
Show Racism the Red Card (Scotland) wish to issue the following statement;
“We note the decision by the appellate panel to reject Aleksander Tonev’s appeal and uphold the seven match ban issued in October. While we never welcome a player receiving a ban, racist language must be investigated and sanctioned whenever it occurs.
We are aware that the appeal may be taken further by Mr Tonev and cannot comment further on an on-going process.
However, we will say more generally that football has to be a safe environment for players, other staff and spectators, where they are free of discriminatory behaviour.
We also wish to point out that in the fight against racism, it is not particularly helpful to “brand” individuals as “racists” but to acknowledge that actions or language can be.
As an organisation who worked with 14,000 individuals last year, we firmly believe that rehabilitation and education are the best way to ensure people understand that acts of discrimination are wrong.”