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Police investigating sectarian abuse directed towards Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

Monday April 15th 2019 at 2:12 PM

Police are investigating sectarian abuse directed towards Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes.

The Pittodrie boss was sent to the stands for appearing to react to a sectarian chant, during yesterday’s 3-0 Scottish Cup semi-final loss to Celtic.

A police spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the sectarian abuse directed towards Mr McInnes and we are carrying out an investigation.”

Last month, football clubs across the country were warned the government would intervene unless the issue was rooted out, after Kilmarnock manager Steve Clark highlighted the abuse he was subjected to by Rangers fans.

Speaking after the match at Hampden, McInnes, who used to play for Rangers, said: “I shouldn’t react, I’ll take my punishment and I should be better than that. 

“I’ll be interested to see whether everyone gets punished for the incident but I shouldn’t have reacted to it.

“I’ve heard that song 100 times before aimed at me and never reacted to it, so I think the frustration from the game has played a part in that.”

McInnes was one of Aberdeen’s four red cards, with assistant Tony Docherty, Dom Ball and Lewis Ferguson all also sent off.

Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis, who’s from Suffolk in the South-east of England, described sectarianism in Scottish football as “baffling”.

The 31-year-old said: “It’s baffling as someone who wasn’t brought up with that sort of culture, but it is a culture that’s set in around here.

“It needs strong action to change that but we don’t hold our breath for it.”

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