Saturday 19 January 2019

Probe into complaint

Police are investigating a complaint that Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk was subjected to racial abuse during his side's victory at St Mirren Park.

The Dutch defender reported an incident to police following Saturday's Scottish Premiership match in Paisley, which Celtic won 2-1.

The 23-year-old acted after hearing chants from the crowd.

A police statement read: "Police Scotland has received a complaint from a Celtic player alleging he was racially abused by a spectator during the St Mirren v Celtic match on Saturday.

"Police are liaising with both clubs and are analysing broadcast and CCTV footage. Inquiries are ongoing."

Meanwhile, the Scottish Football Association has postponed a hearing into allegations of racist abuse levelled at Hoops winger Aleksandar Tonev until October 30.

Aberdeen full-back Shay Logan accused the on-loan Aston Villa player of a racial slur during his team's 2-1 defeat at Celtic Park on September 13.

The Bulgarian has been called up to for international duty ahead of this month's Euro 2016 qualifiers.

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