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Gemmell sticks up for Griffiths

The Stenhousemuir footballer who landed himself in trouble with the Scottish Football Association over comments about Rangers manager Ally McCoist has leapt to the defence of Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths.

John Gemmell says he is stunned that the Scotland internationalist has been issued with a notice of complaint after being filmed singing about Hearts' financial plight in a pub before Sunday's Edinburgh derby. Griffiths, a Hibs fan and a former player for the club, will appear before the SFA on April 24.

Gemmell was censured by the governing body last month after calling McCoist a 'p****' on Twitter for moaning about the Ibrox's side festive fixture schedule of four games in 11 days.

The striker, back on Twitter following a brief break, said: "Don't see what #LeighGriffiths has done wrong? No swearing or anything, just banter at a game with the team he supports #WorldGoneMad #Hide.

"Can't believe he's up in front of the panel for that #PrayForSanity."

In response to the Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin, who joked that Gemmell should keep his opinions to himself, the forward said: "True ha ha, no swearing from me anymore. . . on the other hand, that Arbroath manager is a right £££££ hahaha."

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