Refugee council chief’s anger at Rudi Skacel chant

Leigh Griffiths. 'Picture: Neil Hanna
Leigh Griffiths. 'Picture: Neil Hanna
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The chief executive of the Scottish Refugee Council has said he was appalled and disgusted by the “raw racism and ignorance” in a video of former Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths with fans in a pub before the derby against Hearts.

The 23-year-old faces an internal probe at current club Celtic over allegations of “racist chanting”.

He was fined last week after footage showed him singing “Hearts are going bust” in a Capital pub before attending Hibs’ 2-0 defeat at Tynecastle. But new footage emerged on Sunday which appears to show the Scotland international footballer singing and dancing as Hibs fans sing a derogatory song about former Hearts player Rudi Skacel.

John Wilkes of the SRC said: It shows Scotland has a long way to go in the battle against prejudice and hatred.”

A Celtic statement released yesterday said: “Due to an ­ongoing police investigation we are unable to comment. However, the club takes the ­allegations extremely seriously and have launched our own internal investigation.”

Police Scotland has confirmed it is investigating the incident.

Griffiths, who was filmed in the ­Roseburn Bar before attending the game, was already facing Scottish Football Association disciplinary action over the initial footage.

He was accused of acting against the best interests of the game by “singing in public about Heart of Midlothian FC in administration”.