By Keith Hackett

5th Oct, 2021 | 10:15am

Ex-Fifa referee 'expects' major punishment after ruling body update on Celtic loanee

Celtic loanee Leigh Griffiths should brace himself to be handed a ban by the Scottish FA in his upcoming disciplinary hearing.

So says ex-FIFA referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the fate of the striker, who is currently playing for Dundee.

Griffiths kicked a lit flare into the away crowd during Dundee’s 2-0 League Cup defeat at home to St Johnstone on 22 September.

The 31-year-old was charged by Police Scotland with culpable and reckless conduct two days later.

As per Sky Sports on 29 September, Griffiths has now also been charged with excessive misconduct by the SFA.

Hackett expects the centre-forward to be found guilty and suspended when the hearing takes place on 16 October.

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“He can absolutely expect a ban,” he told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitely.

“I’ve heard fans get heated, but kicking objects isn’t acceptable. It’s a silly situation, at the end of the day.

“It’s a pity but the actions from the player will send a signal to others not to do the same.

“It will also make people think what action the referee could have taken to avoid it. What action did the stewards take to avoid this as well?

“The stadium controller, the police, the authorities, they have to analyse how we can steer clear of these scenarios.

“The mitigating factor for the player is that the flare should not have been thrown onto the field of play.

“In his defence, he is rightly saying he saw it as a danger and removed it. You and I might kick it five yards, but he’s a professional footballer…

“Maybe he didn’t expect it to go that far, but he shouldn’t have done it. I’m not defending him.”

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