Griffiths takes accountability for his overtly discriminatory behaviour, however Show Racism the Red Card is vehemently against such acts and will continue to campaign and educate against racism not only in football but in society in general
This morning Celtic FC and Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths pled guilty to singing a song with overtly offensive lyrics, which described Rudi Skacel as a ‘f***ing refugee’ before a Hearts v Hibs derby match last year.
The discriminatory behaviour as exhibited by Griffiths resulted in him being fined four weeks wages from his club for being involved in the incident while Sheriff Scott this morning admonished Griffiths which means that the court will take no further action. In contrast January 2012 saw a football fan prosecuted and fined £200 for singing the same song.
Griffiths this afternoon made a public apology saying ‘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 that no further action was required, however this is a matter which I have absolutely learned from’.
Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) is saddened by the incident not only because Griffiths is a role model to children throughout Scotland but also because of the current climate and delicate attitudes regarding Syrian refugees in Scotland. As a public figure Griffiths has the responsibility to set an example and his behaviour is in direct opposition to the Scottish Governments Equality Act (2010).
Celtic FC have always been key supporters of our work and we hope to work further with them to ensure that there is a zero tolerance approach to this type of behaviour both on and off the pitch.
SRtRC are vehemently against such acts and we will continue to campaign and educate against racism and sectarianism not only in football but in society in general.