Scottish Independence: Hearts probe Yes flags

Some fans displayed pro-independence posters. Picture: Comp

Some fans displayed pro-independence posters. Picture: Comp

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Hearts officials are investigating a “breach of copyright” after fans displayed pro-independence banners including the club crest ahead of Sunday’s Edinburgh derby.

The club said it had “a dim view” of fans using the club’s insignia to promote their political views, and stressed it was “completely non-political” as an organisation.

Fans posting on the Jambos Kickback messageboard said Yes campaigners were also seen handing out pro-independence flyers featuring the club crest outside the Gorgie Road entrance to Tynecastle.

A club statement read: “Supporters of the ‘Yes’ campaign were outside Tynecastle Stadium prior to yesterday’s Scottish Championship clash with Hibernian, displaying banners and literature to fans attending the game.

“We understand these banners and leaflets carried the official club crest. This was done without our prior knowledge or consent and we are currently investigating this breach of copyright.

“Heart of Midlothian FC is completely non-political and while we respect the views of our fans and their right to make these opinions known, we take a dim view of individuals or groups attempting to hijack the club crest to meet their own agendas.”