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Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes apologises for reaction to Celtic ‘sad orange b******’ chant | Football | Sport


The Dons boss gestured to Celtic fans as some taunted him with chants of “sad orange b******”.

McInnes said: “I let it go the first time. I shouldn’t react and I’ll take my punishment. I should be better than that.

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

McInnes thought a warning from fourth official Nick Walsh would have sufficed, while also apologising for his reaction.

The manager said: “He deemed it serious enough to bring the referee over. I’ll apologise for that. Any punishment going my way, I’ll take it on the chin.

“The role of the fourth official sometimes is to give you a warning, a chance to let Craig Thomson know what I reacted to.

“But it fell on deaf ears. I don’t want to say any more, it’s up to everyone else to say their bit.”

But he is content the SFA delegate’s report will highlight the bigoted abuse he received and leave it to the authorities to decide what happens next.

He added: “For my part, I take responsibility for my own actions – I didn’t react the first time, I did the second time. If my reaction is deemed a red card offence, I’ll take my punishment.”

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