[UK] Wolves striker apologises for Twitter comment
Friday 11 Jan 2013
Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Leigh Griffiths has been forced to apologise after making an alleged racist comment on a social media site.
In an abusive Twitter message posted to almost 13,000 followers Griffiths, who has just returned from a loan spell at Scottish Premier club Hibernian, said: “@Zac_Iqbal @jordan_cosgrove f**k off back to your own country ya clown”.
Mr Iqbal had earlier sent a tweet to Griffiths.
It said: “@LeighG29 @jordan_cosgrove thumb boy why do you make fun of other peoples looks when you are the worst out the lot?”
The post from Griffiths has since been removed from his account.
Wolves released the following statement in regard to the matter: "Wolves are aware of an alleged racist comment made on Twitter last night by Leigh Griffiths.
"The club condemns such comments in the strongest possible terms and are extremely angry and disappointed.
"The player is currently on loan at Hibernian FC and is likely to remain there for the rest of the season.
"He is, therefore, subject to the disciplinary procedures of Hibernian FC and those of the Scottish Football Association. However, Wolves are in dialogue with Hibernian and are making their feelings known on the matter."
From Birmingham Mail
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"Racism is not only a problem in football, it's a problem in society. Until we tackle it in society, we can't tackle it in football."
John Barnes, former England midfielder