Scotzine issue statement on Hearts decision to back Craig Thomson


After Hearts statement backing their decision to keep Craig Thomson on their books after being convicted of ‘lewd, libidinous and indecent’ behaviour, and believing that there was ‘no reason for Craig Thomson not to continue his career as a professional footballer and he will resume training with immediate effect’. Many fans have been shocked and disgusted at the inexcusable actions of Heart of Midlothian over this incident and we at Scotzine.com are no different.

Therefore we have taken the decision to boycott Tynecastle. No one who writes for Scotzine will be sent to Tynecastle to cover any of Hearts games for our site or affiliated publications.

Editor Andy Muirhead commented: “We are disgusted and appalled at the decision of the Hearts board, given that they claim to be a community club. Their statement backing the player claiming mitigating circumstances, is not only ludicrous but down right disgusting for a club who has worked with children’s charities in the past and continue to do so.

“Our site may not be at the level of the likes of the Daily Record, The Scottish Sun or The Scotsman, and our boycott will in all likelihood not have an impact on the Tynecastle side. But our beliefs and morals, prevent us from attending any games at Hearts while the club employs a convicted sex offender and reward him for his sickening behaviour. As well as trying to claim there were mitigating circumstances in the Hearts full back sending sickening images to two underage girls.”

“We will only consider returning to Tynecastle when Craig Thomson leaves Hearts and the club issues an apology to the families of Thomson’s victims and apologise for their inexcusable defence of a convicted sex offender.”


About Author


Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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