Celtic's Aleksandar Tonev given seven game ban for racist abuse
Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev has been banned for seven matches for racially abusing Aberdeen defender Shay Logan.
The 24-year-old was charged following an incident with Englishman Logan during a Scottish Premiership match in September.
The Bulgarian international is on loan from Premier League side Aston Villa.
Celtic say they will appeal against the punishment, insisting the Bulgarian is “not a racist” and the club “absolutely abhors racism of any kind.”
Tonev moved to the Scottish champions on loan from Aston Villa in August and has featured in 10 matches.
A Celtic spokesperson said: “Racism has no place in football and as a club for all people.
“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.”
From BBC Sport