Leigh Griffiths apologises after kicking burning flare into crowd of away fans

Leigh Griffiths has apologised after kicking a smoke bomb into the stands during Dundee’s 2-0 home loss in the BetFred Cup to St Johnstone.

Griffiths joined Dundee on a season-long loan from Celtic last month and has already sparked controversy.

A flare landed on the pitch during Wednesday night’s quarter-final clash before the striker decided to kick it back into the crowd, triggering an investigation from Police Scotland – though they say no injuries or complaints were reported at the time.

And after causing huge controversy, Griffiths has issued an apology, calling the incident “regrettable” alongside an official statement provided by the club.

The statement read: "Dundee Football Club and Leigh Griffiths would like to address a regrettable incident which occurred during last night’s Premier Sports Cup tie with St. Johnstone at the Kilmac Stadium.

"Following the opening goal a smoke generator, amongst other items, was thrown onto the park by the visiting supporters.

"This pyrotechnic ended up back in the stand as Leigh kicked it to remove it from the field of play.

"The club will be making no further comment on this situation."

Meanwhile, Griffiths said: "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.”

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