On-loan Dundee striker Leigh Griffiths has been charged by Police Scotland with “culpable and reckless conduct” after he was caught on video kicking a smoke bomb into a stand containing hundreds of St. Johnstone fans on Wednesday night.

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Leigh Griffiths in action for Celtic (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The Celtic striker booted the flare into the stand after it landed on the pitch, before issuing a statement which, laughably, claimed he was only trying to clear it from the pitch in a bid to speed up getting the game restarted, saying: “It was regrettable that the pyrotechnic ended up back in the stand as my intention was just to remove it from the pitch.

“Having just lost a goal I was eager to get the match restarted as quickly as possible and I would like to apologise for any distress caused by this action.”

In a brief statement, Poolice Scotland confirmed a 31-year-old had been charged and a report would be sent to the Procurator Fiscal, saying: “Police Scotland can confirm that a 31-year-old man has been charged in relation to culpable and reckless conduct, following an incident at Dens Park, Dundee, on Wednesday, 22 September.

 

“A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Griffiths also faces a Scottish FA probe over the incident with the compliance officer reviewing footage before deciding whether to issue the former Scotland star with a notice of complaint.

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