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Wolves player Leigh Griffiths fined for breach of the peace

Leigh Griffiths
Griffiths admitted shouting and swearing and struggling with staff

Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths has been fined £100 for committing a breach of the peace in a Tesco store and struggling with members of staff.

The 23-year-old had been charged with stealing and assaulting an employee in the Meadow Place Road branch in Edinburgh on 26 January 2013.

However, at Edinburgh's Justice of the Peace Court in Edinburgh, his not guilty pleas were accepted.

Griffiths admitted shouting and swearing and struggling with staff.

Defence solicitor Kathleen More told the court that Griffiths, who at the time had been playing for Hibernian on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, had been due to catch a team bus at 15:00 to travel to Aberdeen.

Misunderstanding

He went into the Tesco store at 14:45 and collected water and juice for the journey.

"He purchased these items and then made to leave the shop," she said.

"As a result of a misunderstanding, when he tried to leave the shop he was stopped by a member of security."

The solicitor said: "Fearing he was going to miss the bus, he over-reacted."

Justice Robin Vaughan said he accepted there had been a large degree of misunderstanding.

However, he said: "That does not excuse you losing your temper, swearing and struggling with the shop staff."

He fined Griffiths £100, to be paid by 19 September.

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