Police investigate alleged Hearts fan ‘punch’ at Scott Sinclair Sinclair targeted after he scored winner for Celtic


Police have launched a criminal investigation into allegations that a Hearts fan tried to punch Scott Sinclair as he celebrated scoring on his debut at Tynecastle.

Footage showed a number of fans standing up and trying to grab or hit Sinclair as the Celtic winger raced past Hearts fans in the Roseburn Stand to celebrate his goal with the Celtic fans in the away end.

While there was no contact made with the player, Police have opened up an investigation and the Edinburgh club stated they will work with them to find those suspected.

A Police Scotland statement read: “Police in Edinburgh are investigating after a supporter attempted to confront a Celtic player within Tynecastle Stadium on Sunday 7th August.”


Hearts issued a statement on Monday afternoon, which added: “Hearts is aware of an alleged incident following a goal scored by Scott Sinclair during the Celtic match at Tynecastle on Sunday 7th August.

“The club have been in discussion with Police Scotland and this matter is now the subject of a criminal investigation. The club will work with Criminal Lawyer Marc Saupin and the police, sharing all relevant information as necessary.”

Back in 2011, then-Celtic manager Neil Lennon was assaulted by Hearts fan John Wilson – who dodged past security and got onto the sidelines – after the Northern Irishman had celebrated Celtic just scoring. Wilson was jailed for eight months for breach of the peace.


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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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