Leigh Griffiths likely to remain at Easter Road

Leigh Griffiths will stay at Hibs. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Leigh Griffiths will stay at Hibs. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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WOLVES have given the strongest indication yet that Leigh Griffiths will remain a Hibs player until the end of the season, after the Midlands club issued a statement in response to an alleged racist tweet sent by the on-loan Easter Road player.

Griffiths caused outrage yesterday after he told a fellow Twitter user to “f*** off back to your own country ya clown”. The 22-year-old’s tweet came after a prolonged exchange on the social media site, where Griffiths himself was subjected to taunts. Griffiths later apologised for the remark, tweeting: “Got to apologise to @zak_iqbal for my comment earlier, was out of order!” He also tweeted: “I’m not a racist! Yes what I said was out of order! People going to give it a rest now.”

The incident, however, has not gone down well with his parent club, English Championship side Wolves, who earlier this week had Griffiths back training at Molineux for assessment by their new manager Dean Saunders. Shortly after Griffiths’ comment was reported, Wolves said in club statement that they condemned his tweets and that he would likely remain at Hibs for the rest of the season.

The statement read: “Wolves are aware of an alleged racist comment made on Twitter by Leigh Griffiths. The club condemns such comments in the strongest possible terms and are extremely angry and disappointed.

“The player is currently on loan at Hibernian FC and is likely to remain there for the rest of the season. He is, therefore, subject to the disciplinary procedures of Hibernian FC and those of the Scottish Football Association.

“However, Wolves are in dialogue with Hibernian and are making their feelings known on the matter.”