HIBS midfielder Marvin Bartley has hit out at “ignorant” racist abuse following his side’s 2-1 win at Hearts at the weekend.

The Tynecastle club have promised a full-scale probe into Edinburgh derby disorder that marred the encounter.

Police have swiftly launched an investigation and SPFL chiefs also condemned the latest incidents to shame the game.

Bartley insisted he had been targeted for verbal and online abuse during the game.

He wrote on Twitter, as reported by the Sun: “It has recently been brought to my attention that I was racially abused at the match on Saturday.

“I understand a young man recorded me warming up and sent the video out to his friends with the caption ‘black ****’.

“At first, the sound had been removed, but having now obtained and viewed the video in full, I am shocked that he can also be heard repeatedly calling me a n*****.

“I take everything that is thrown at me, as untrue as it is when playing, and simply get on with it.

“But the one thing that I refuse to accept is racial abuse. Maybe it is time to take action against these small-minded, ignorant people. Let’s not let it creep back into our game.”


CAPITAL PUNISHMENT…a Hibs yob is marched away after confronting Rangers defender James Tavernier.

Bartley ended his tweet with the hashtag #NoToRacism.

Three men have been charged after disorder at the derby — one in connection with throwing a flare, one for allegedly throwing a coin and one for alleged racist chanting.

The lunchtime clash was marred by incidents of pyrotechnics, with a coconut also tossed on the Tynecastle pitch.

Hearts said in a statement: “The club abhors racism of any kind and will take appropriate action against any individual found guilty of racist behaviour within Tynecastle.”

An SPFL spokesperson said: “Racism is completely unacceptable and we support any steps taken by our clubs and the authorities to identify those who behave in this manner.”

Bartley was allegedly targeted just 24 hours before a lighter and a pie were thrown at Rangers captain James Tavernier during the Ibrox side’s 3-0 win over Motherwell at Fir Park.

The right-back was also confronted by a Hibs yob during the 1-1 draw at Easter Road last month. The 22-year-old lout was jailed for 100 days yesterday and hit with a 10-year ban from ALL UK grounds.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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