Man arrested in connection with alleged racist abuse at Edinburgh derby

Man arrested in connection with alleged racist abuse at Edinburgh derby

A 65-year-old man has been arrested following an alleged racist incident at the Edinburgh derby earlier today.

Television pictures from the 1-0 Hearts win caught a home fan apparently shouting at a Hearts player.

Images of the incident have spread on social media, with Hibs describing it as “unacceptable”.

Superintendent Jim Royan, Event Commander, said: “A 65-year-old man has now been arrested following the racial abuse of a Hearts player, and enquiries are currently ongoing into this.

“There is no place in Scotland for hate crime and I want to reassure the public that reports of such incidents will be treated seriously.

“Fans have united in their condemnation of this behaviour and I want to thank the public for their assistance with our investigation so far.

“Over 20,000 fans were in attendance at Easter Road and I want to thank the vast majority, who were extremely supportive of officers and there to just support their team and enjoy the derby with friends or family.

“Despite this, and repeated warnings that antisocial and disruptive behaviour would not be tolerated, six arrests were made before and during the game.

“Three people were arrested prior to the match in connection with alleged possession of pyrotechnics. Two people were also arrested before the game following the assault of two officers who were, thankfully, uninjured.

“Another person was arrested within the stadium in connection with possession of alcohol.”


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