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Hearts to close part of stadium after Edinburgh derby disruption

 

By Ronnie Esplin

Hearts are to close a section of Tynecastle after last weekend's disorder in the Edinburgh derby.

Following a series of incidents during the 2-1 win for Hibernian, a 19-year-old has been charged in connection with a hate crime and a 38-year-old man was arrested in connection with the use of racist language.

Another 19-year-old was arrested over a flare being thrown and a 16-year-old boy was arrested in connection with a coin being thrown.

In a statement, chairwoman Ann Budge stated that a part of the Wheatfield Stand would be closed for the final two home games of the season with around 200 fans moved elsewhere.

The statement read: "At Tynecastle, we have worked hard over the last few seasons to strengthen our security processes and practices, and continue to do so.

"Nonetheless, during the course of last Saturday's derby against Hibernian, no less than seven pyrotechnics were discharged/thrown onto the pitch...four from the Hearts area and three from the Hibs stand.

"In addition, there were instances of coins being thrown, cups, some containing hot drinks, being thrown and even a coconut thrown onto the pitch.

"Every single instance could have resulted in injury to an individual and in the case of the pyrotechnics, this did result in damage to the pitch. Why would our own fans want to damage this? It beggars belief!"

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