Dundee footballer Leigh Griffiths apologizes for starting a smoke bomb 20 yards into a crowd of St Johnstone fans and claims he ‘tried to remove him from the pitch’ – even though it was just inches from the sidelines
- Dundee’s Leigh Griffiths kicked a smoke bomb into the crowd on Wednesday
- The Celtic borrower was filmed kicking the flare into the fans’ booth
- Griffiths, on loan from Celtic, apologizes for ‘deplorable’ incident
- The 31-year-old claims his intention was ‘just to remove him from the field’
Dundee striker Leigh Griffiths has apologized for kicking a smoke bomb 20 yards into a crowd of St Johnstone fans during a Scottish League Cup clash on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old is facing an investigation by Police Scotland into the incident, which the striker has labeled ‘deplorable’.
The incident occurred when visiting St Johnstone supporters threw a smoke bomb onto the pitch during the second half of Dens Park.
Griffiths, on the receiving end of abuse throughout the match, responded by launching him high into the Bob Shankly grandstand that housed the Saints’ support, claiming he was “just trying to remove it from the field” – even though he was the sideline just a few inches away.
The incident was captured on social media footage and Griffiths is likely to face an SFA disciplinary investigation.
Dundee striker Leigh Griffiths kicks smoke bomb into crowd of St Johnstone fans
The incident was caught on camera during the second half of a Scottish League Cup match
Griffiths apologized for his actions on Thursday, saying: “It was a shame the fireworks ended up back in the stands as my intention was to remove it from the field.
“Having just lost a goal, I wanted to resume the game as soon as possible and I apologize for the inconvenience this action caused.”
A statement from Dundee read: “Dundee Football Club and Leigh Griffiths would like to comment on a regrettable incident which took place last night during the Premier Sports Cup match with St Johnstone at Kilmac Stadium.
‘After the opening goal, the visiting supporters threw a smoke generator at the park, among other things. These fireworks ended up back in the stands when Leigh stepped on them to remove them from the playing field.”
Outraged St. Johnstone fans berate Griffiths after he kicked flare into crowd
Griffiths, who is on loan from Celtic, apologized on Thursday for ‘deplorable’ incident
Scotland Police confirmed they are investigating the incident and confirmed there were no injuries.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of an incident involving a small number of smoking devices in Dens Park, during the match between Dundee and St Johnstone Football Clubs on Wednesday 22 September.
“There were no injuries and no complaints have been made to the police at this time. The investigation into the case is ongoing.’
Griffiths was loaned to Celtic’s Dundee last month and has not scored since his return to Dens Park.