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Hearts Confirm They’ll Close Section of Tynecastle After Edinburgh Derby Incidents

Hearts Confirm They’ll Close Section of Tynecastle After Edinburgh Derby Incidents

Hearts have confirmed they’ll close a section of their Tynecastle Stadium after a series of incidents during their recent derby against bitter rivals Hibs.

The Edinburgh club announced the decision via their official website this afternoon saying their decision related specifically to the lower section G of Tynecastle’s Wheatfield Stand.

Three people were charged by police earlier this week following incidents during the 2-1 defeat at home to the Hibees on Saturday, with a 38-year-old man was arrested in connection with the use of racist language.

A 19-year-old was also arrested in connection with a flare being thrown, and it seems the behaviour has all been too much for Jambos supremo Ann Budge.

In her statement this afternoon, Budge wrote: “I have said before that we will continue to take action to drive this behaviour out of Tynecastle Park.

“And I know that I have the support of all fair-minded Hearts supporters in our efforts to eradicate this behaviour.

“Since a number of the incidents mentioned above emanated from lower section G of the Wheatfield Stand, I have given instructions to close this section with immediate effect.

“Season ticket holders within this section will be offered seats elsewhere in the stadium for the remaining two games of the season.

“I apologise to any “innocents” who are caught up in this.”

Hearts’ next match is a Scottish Cup semi-final against Championship side Inverness on Saturday, and their next home fixture isn’t until they host Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side on April 20.

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