Two arrests following racist video targeting Celtic star Kyogo Furuhashi

Two arrests following racist video targeting Celtic star Kyogo Furuhashi

POLICE SCOTLAND have arrested two men over an alleged hate crime directed at Celtic footballer Kyogo Furuhashi.

Video shared on social media last Sunday appeared to show several men singing racist songs and making offensive gestures about Celtic’s Japan international.

Rangers have issued indefinite bans to those identified in the video, which appeared to have been filmed on a supporters’ bus en route to the club’s game with Ross County.

The club have also banned the supporters’ club, of which the men were members and travelled with to the game, from receiving tickets for future games.

'Enquiries are continuing'

In a statement, Police Scotland confirmed two men have been arrested as they continue to track down others involved.

“Police Scotland has arrested and charged two men in connection with an alleged hate crime directed towards a Celtic Football Club player following reports of a video circulating online that officers were made aware of on Monday, August 23, 2021,” the statement read.

“The men, one aged 30 and one aged 26, have been released on an undertaking and are due to appear at Hamilton Sheriff Court at a later date.

“A full report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson added: “Enquiries are continuing to identify others involved and anyone with information is asked to get in touch with Police Scotland via 101, or by making a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Celtic condemned the video as “sickening and pathetic”, adding that other Celtic players had suffered similar racist abuse in recent years.