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Hearts probe alleged racist abuse of Rangers star Morelos

Point made: Morelos celebrates his equaliser (pic: SNS Group)

Hearts supporters found guilty of racially abusing Rangers star Alfredo Morelos will be banned indefinitely from Tynecastle.

The Edinburgh club is investigating claims of alleged abuse hurled towards the Colombian as he celebrated his first-half equaliser during the 1-1 draw.

The Rangers striker netted late in the opening period to haul his side level and celebrated in front of the home fans.

“The club is aware of an incident of alleged racism and is currently investigating it,” said a Hearts statement.

“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.”

Rangers declined to comment.

The alleged incident comes after England players were racially abused during their recent Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia, while the English FA is currently investigating after the FA Cup tie between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town had to be abandoned after alleged racist abuse of the Haringey players.

The 1-1 draw saw the Ibrox outfit slip to second place in the Premiership behind Celtic.

Although the two teams are level on points at the top with the same goal difference, the champions, who defeated Ross County 6-0 just 24 hours earlier, have scored more goals.

Although an improved performance from Craig Levein’s struggling side, the Jambos remain entrenched in the lower half of the table without a league win at home since March.

The point was enough to leapfrog city rivals Hibs in the table on goal difference, though, the Easter Road side now sitting second bottom on seven points after their draw with Hamilton.



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