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Leigh Griffiths charged over alleged racist tweet

Leigh Griffiths
Image caption Leigh Griffiths is on loan to Hibs from Wolves

Hibernian striker Leigh Griffiths has been charged over an alleged racist comment on networking site Twitter.

It was claimed last month that, in response to a tweet, the Scotland international told user Zak Iqbal to go "back to your own country".

Police said: "A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged under the Communications Act in connection with an incident on 10 January 2013."

He has been bailed to appear at court at a later date.

Mr Griffiths is in his second season-long loan to Hibs from English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He had joined Wolves from Dundee in 2011 but was unable to break through to the first team at Molineux.

However, 15 goals this season for Hibs, making him the second top scorer in the Scottish Premier League, led to a first international appearance against Luxembourg in November.

His form has tailed off in recent months, with the striker who began his career with Livingston scoring only twice in the last 13 games.

Mr Griffiths' contract with Wolves expires at the end of the season, but the Midlands club have an option to extend it until the summer of 2014.

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