Hearts have confirmed that they’re opening an investigation into alleged racial abuse against striker Alfredo Morelos following the 1-1 draw with Rangers on Sunday.
Hearts took the lead in the game after a mistake from James Tavernier but Morelos scored his 15th goal of the season in the 39th minute to earn a share of the spoils.
The alleged incident happened when Morelos celebrated in front of the Hearts fans.
A report in the BBC says the police were not aware of the incident but a statement from Hearts read, “The club is aware of an incident of alleged racism and is currently investigating it.
“It goes without saying that Heart of Midlothian Football Club utterly condemns any form of racism and any individuals found guilty of such an offence will face an indefinite ban from Tynecastle Park.”
Racism at football grounds was in the headlines again this week after the Bulgaria v England game was almost abandoned after players including Tyrone Mings were subjected to racist abuse.
Bristol City are investigating an incident in the away end after their side was beaten 3-0 by Luton on Saturday.
#BristolCity are investigating allegations of racist language used in the away end at Luton Town.
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— Bristol City FC (@BristolCity) October 20, 2019
An FA Cup tie between Haringey Borough v Yeovil was abandoned on Saturday after the home keeper Valery Douglas Pajetat and defender Coby Rowe were abused by fans.
Racism is a cloud that’s still hanging over football but dealing with the issue head-on is the only way that things will change.
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