Leigh Griffiths faces court over ‘Rudi Skacel song’

A hearing will decide if Leigh Griffiths racially abused Rudi Skacel. Picture: Greg Macvean

A hearing will decide if Leigh Griffiths racially abused Rudi Skacel. Picture: Greg Macvean

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A SHERIFF has set a date for a hearing into allegations that Celtic star Leigh Griffiths sang an offensive song about a rival player.

Sheriff Thomas Ross ordered on Wednesday that a hearing into whether Griffiths racially abused ex-Hearts ace Rudi Skacel, 35, should take place next month at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Prosecutors claim Griffiths sang the illegal ditty at a bar in Edinburgh before a Hearts v Hibs derby clash in March 2014.

Sheriff Ross fixed a date after being addressed by Griffiths’ legal team on Wednesday morning. They want a period of one month to investigate the racism claims.

Griffiths, of Edinburgh, has not entered a plea to the allegation.

The hearing will take place on April 15 2015.