Leigh Griffiths to face SFA probe over Skacel song

Leigh Griffiths joined Hibs fans at the recent derby match against Hearts. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Leigh Griffiths joined Hibs fans at the recent derby match against Hearts. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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FORMER Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths is to be investigated by the SFA over claims he was videos singing an offensive song about Rudi Skacel.

Griffiths, 23, was already served a notice of complaint by the SFA after he was filmed singing about the possible liquidation of Hearts in an Edinburgh pub ahead of the recent derby match.

And now reports have emerged that Griffiths also led Hibs fans in an offensive chant about former Hearts player Rudi Skacel in which the player from the Czech Republic is referred to as a “refugee”.

It is understood the SFA will consider it as part of the original charge, while the matter has also been reported to Police Scotland.

Griffiths was disciplined by Celtic over the original footage, and the player apologised to Hearts.

The Scottish champions have not yet commented about the latest claims.

However, it is expected that Griffiths will escape with a censure from the national governing body following its own disciplinary process.

In January 2012, a Dunfermline Athletic fan was fined £200 but escaped a football banning order after singing the same song during a match at East End Park against Hearts the previous October.

The fan pleaded guilty to racially aggravated breach of the peace for the chant aimed at the former Czech Republic international.

Former Scotland striker Derek Riordan, then playing for Hibs, also issued a public apology in November 2005 after being caught on camera singing the song about Skacel.