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Tonev: I will definitely recover from this a stronger person

The Celtic loanee was reacting to the rejection of his appeal against a seven-match ban for racism.

On-loan Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev says he will recover from his seven-match ban for racism 'a stronger person.'

The 24-year-old has had his appeal against the decision rejected and will thus be forced to serve out the full ban with immediate effect (he has already served one of the seven matches).

However, the Celtic loanee says he will recover stronger from the incident, which he still stringently denies.

"A lot has happened in the last few months. It has been a very difficult time for me and everyone involved. All I can do is move on from this now," Tonev said in an official statement on Celtic's site.

"I have made my case all along that I never used the words I was accused of using. I say again that I did not do this, I know what I am and I am not a racist.

"I want everyone to understand that, most of all the Celtic fans, who have been a great support to me since coming to the Club. I know what happened and I know that I will definitely recover from this as a stronger person."

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