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Tuesday 27 September 2016

John Guidetti awaits rap for sectarian chant on TV

Celtic's John Guidetti scores penalty during the William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round match at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 30, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Hearts. Photo credit should read Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.
Celtic's John Guidetti scores penalty during the William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round match at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 30, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Hearts. Photo credit should read Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

Celtic striker John Guidetti will discover on Thursday if he is to be punished for singing an allegedly ''offensive'' song about the demise of Old Firm rivals Rangers.

The on-loan Manchester City hitman had been due to appear before the Scottish Football Association's disciplinary panel on April 9 but that hearing was postponed.

However, the SFA has confirmed the 22-year-old's case will now be heard this Thursday. Guidetti was issued with a notice of complaint last month after giving an interview to Dutch TV show FC Rijnmond.

In it, he repeats a chant sung about him by the Hoops support: "Oh John Guidetti, puts the ball in the net-y, he's a Super Swede and the huns are deid, walking in Guidetti wonderland.'' Rangers fans claim the term "hun" is a sectarian slur - although supporters of other clubs insist it has no religious connotations.

SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan accused the Swede of breaching disciplinary rule 73, stating that "on or around March 6, 2015, you did in the course of a interview given to the Dutch Television Programme FC Rijnmond, make comment of an offensive nature''. It is not clear if Guidetti will appear before the Hampden panel at Thursday's re-arranged hearing but Celtic have already backed the player.

In a statement issued last month, a spokesman for the Parkhead outfit said: "We are very surprised and disappointed that this has even found its way to an SFA judicial panel. John Guidetti will be defending this charge."

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