Two arrested over alleged racial abuse at Hearts v Motherwell game

Two people have been arrested for allegedly racially abusing a Motherwell player ahead of the Fir Park side's Ladbrokes Premiership match with Hearts at Tynecastle.
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Visiting player Christian Mbulu, who was an unused substitute during the match, was targeted as the teams performed their pre-match warm-up routines on the pitch.

Video footage which shows as many as 20 fans in the stadium’s main stand shouting comments at the 22-year-old has been handed over to Police Scotland.

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Hearts told BBC Scotland that they were aware of the incident and were “cooperating fully” with the police.

Hearts beat Motherwell 1 - 0 at Tynecastle. Pic: SNSHearts beat Motherwell 1 - 0 at Tynecastle. Pic: SNS
Hearts beat Motherwell 1 - 0 at Tynecastle. Pic: SNS

A statement from Hearts added that the club “abhors racism and all forms of abuse, and the individuals in question will receive indefinite bans from Tynecastle Park”.

A police spokesman said: “Police Scotland can confirm that two subjects were arrested at the Hearts v Motherwell match. A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”