Shamed ex-Hearts’ Craig Thomson rejected by Cyprus

Craig Thomson. Picture: PA
Craig Thomson. Picture: PA
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A FORMER Hearts footballer, convicted of indecent behaviour towards young girls, has returned to Edinburgh after failing to win a contract with a Cypriot club after they found out about his sordid past.

Craig Thomson had hoped to resume his playing career with second-division side AEP Paphos FC after his contract with the Tynecastle side expired earlier this summer.

However, his prospective employer decided against hiring him after questioning his “character”.

The row has prompted the Cypriot commissioner for children’s rights to become involved, warning that the nation has no way of monitoring individuals convicted of offences against minors.

However, the club’s chairman, Christos Glykis, said: “I paid for his ticket to return to Edinburgh and, as far as I know, he is on his way back to Scotland.”

Thomson, a one-time youth international, made his debut for Hearts in their pre-season tour of Germany in July 2009, and made his first competitive outing a month later against Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League.

However, his career came to a halt in June 2011, when he was fined £4000 and placed on the sex offenders’ register after pleading guilty to lewd, libidinous and indecent behaviour towards two girls aged 12 and 14.