Celtic's Aleksandar Tonev banned for seven games for racial abuse

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Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev has been banned for seven games for racially abusing Aberdeen's Shay Logan.

Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev has been banned for seven games for racially abusing Aberdeen winger Shay Logan.

Tonev was found guilty of "Excessive Misconduct by the use of offensive, insulting and abusive language of a racist nature,’ during a game at Celtic Park against Aberdeen in September". The game took place on 13th September at Parkhead with Celtic winning 2-1. The incident is said to have taken place early on in the second half.

Celtic have announced on their website that they will appeal the decision, with a spokesman saying: "Racism has no place in football and as a Club for all people, Celtic absolutely abhors racism of any kind.

"This was a very unfortunate case, but the Club has accepted Aleksandar’s explanation that he did not say the words that were alleged to have been said and that he is not a racist.

"We are, therefore, very disappointed by the outcome today and can confirm that Aleksandar will be appealing this decision.”

Tonev is currently on loan from Aston Villa, and whether there is any doubt surrounding the 24-year-old's spell at Parkhead lasting remains to be seen.

He has made eight appearances for the Scottish champions in all competitions so far this season, scoring one goal. 

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