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CELTIC'S decision to stand by Aleksandar Tonev on the back of a seven-game ban for racially abusing Aberdeen's Shay Logan dominated the Hotline.

The SFA have found the Bulgarian guilty of using, "abusive language of a racist nature" but the jury is out on both the punishment and the evidence used to determine the validity of the crime.

John Reilly, East Kilbride, said: "Tonev has been found guilty by the SFA without any video evidence and I believe that is wrong given the serious nature of the alleged offence.

"Former SFA chief Jim Farry was found not guilty on two occasions by the SFA of not withholding Jorge Cadete's registration until Fergus McCann intervened and proved his guilt.

"Celtic have every right to try to fight to prove Tonev's innocence if they believe he's telling the truth."

Craig McBride, Wishaw, said: "The SFA appear " only to have the word of a couple of Aberdeen players to go on with the Tonev incident and I believe they have set a dangerous precedent.

"How can they just take someone's word for it and use a balance of probability to find him guilty? It seems to be a flimsy argument."

Graeme Walker, Port Glasgow, said: "Celtic " don't believe Tonev is a racist and have said they will appeal the decision so we shouldn't jump to conclusions. It's someone's word against another's and even though racism should never be tolerated, Tonev should be given a proper chance to clear his name.

Not everyone was on Tonev's side.

Tom Bannerman, Shotts, said: "A seven-game ban isn't long enough if the SFA do believe Tonev made racist remarks. This type of unacceptable behaviour needs to be kicked out and the Celtic striker should have been banned for the rest of the season."

Jimmy Findlay, Lennoxtown, said: "Celtic " should wash their hands of Tonev as something must have been said and Aberdeen's Mark Reynolds was a witness. Tonev comes from a country where there is a problem with racism in football so it appears he's brought that intolerance with him to the Scottish game."

Celtic's John Guidetti was next on the stand.

Ronnie Naney, Bonnyrigg, said: "Guidetti's comments about Rangers 'going down' if Celtic draw them in the League Cup have been spun out of control.

"He didn't make any specific reference to Rangers and his words have been used to stir trouble. This is a classic example of making something out of nothing."

Frank Jamieson, Glasgow, said: "Ronny Dei" has said Celtic can afford to fork out the PS5million required to sign Guidetti on a permanent deal and I certainly hope he's right.

"The big man's been a revelation since he arrived on loan from Manchester City and the fans have taken to him as he is a new hero in the making. Supporters are crying out for a character and he seems to fit the bill."

Now on to Rangers and off-field matters.

Cameron McDonald, Armadale, said: "I'm finding it hard to accept all the negativity towards Mike Ashley within huge sections of the Rangers support.

"I believe he'll do nothing but good for the club as I can't find anything about him that suggests he's a Craig Whyte figure.

"We're being taken over by a genuine billionaire and I'd urge the fans to give Ashley a decent crack at the whip."

And finally a word on the Scotland women's defeat in Holland on Thursday night.

Gail Weir, Falkirk, said: "They may have lost their World Cup play-off qualifier but can take great credit for the progress they've made.

"Anna Signeul and her players still have plenty to be proud about as we are starting to compete against the bigger nations."

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QUOTE OF THE DAY 'It's someone's word against another's and even though racism should never be tolerated Tonev should get a chance to clear his name'
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Date:Nov 1, 2014
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