Leigh Griffiths has received a double whammy for his pitch side antics against St Johnstone. The Celtic loan striker has already been charged by the Police for kicking pyro back into the crowd, and now he faces a ban from football’s governing body.
Below is the full notice of complaint from the SFA citing ‘excessive misconduct’.
Notice of Complaint | Leigh Griffiths, Player, Dundee FC
Alleged Party in Breach: Leigh Griffiths, Player, Dundee FC
Date: 22 September 2021
Competition: Scottish League Cup
Match: Dundee F.C. v St Johnstone F.C.
Disciplinary Rules allegedly breached:
Disciplinary Rule 71 – No recognised football body, club, official, Team Official or other member of Team Staff, player, match official, or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall bring the game into disrepute.
Disciplinary Rule 77 – A recognised football body, club, official, Team Official, other member of Team Staff, player, match official or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall, at all times, act in the best interests of Association Football. Furthermore such person or body shall not act in any manner which is improper or use any one, or a combination of, violent Conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour.
Disciplinary Rule 202 – No player shall commit Excessive Misconduct at a match.
Principal hearing date: Thursday 14 October 2021
Leigh has not been able to keep himself out of trouble for quite some time.
The player has struggled with mental illness and the club previously gave the striker extended time off to get his head right. Upon his return, apart from flashes of the old Griff before the first lockdown, the player has been his own worst enemy.
The former Scotland international was handed a Celtic lifeline in the summer when he was signed up on a new one-year deal. Shortly after that, an online incident soured a lot of fans on Leigh and his involvement with the club. Celtic decided to cut their losses and allow the player to move out on loan to Dundee where he would run down his Celtic contract.
Three weeks into his Dundee career he decides to kick pyro into a crowd of people.
Dundee will be just as exacerbated with the player’s antics.