Hackett: Police Scotland have got it all wrong after 'amazing' BBC update on Celtic loanee Griffiths
The Scottish FA should have dealt with the latest controversy surrounding Celtic hitman Leigh Griffiths rather than Police Scotland.
So says ex-FIFA referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about 31-year-old, who is currently on loan with Dundee.
Griffiths aggressively kicked a lit flare back into the away crowd during Dundee’s 2-0 League Cup defeat at home to St Johnstone on 22 September.
As reported by BBC Sport two days later, the 22-cap Scotland international has since been charged for “culpable and reckless” conduct.
But Hackett insists that the Griffiths should have been disciplined by the SFA instead.
“Now this is out of the hands of football, sadly,” he told Football Insider’s Connor Whitely.
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“It’s an amazing incident. It will be interesting to see the outcome. When police involvement occurs in the Scottish game, it seems to be much stronger.
“It’s an instinctive action. There was a bit of frustration there, you can see that. Can we get the people who threw the flares? They’re the instigators.
“Ultimately the police will look at it and determine the line of action. It’s not what football needs.
“But the Scottish FA are held in high regard across the world. They are considered an organisation that is well run.
“With that in mind, I would have prefered this to be handled by the football authorities rather than it going to a law court.
“With the law, you’re either guilty or you’re not guilty. With the FA, there is a lot more different steps you can take.
“They might fine you and suspend you for a period if they judge that to be the right outcome.”