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HEARTS WARN their FANS about racial and religious abuse of opponents

HEART of Midlothian officials and Edinburgh police chiefs last night warned the club's fans about their behaviour following reports that Celtic striker Ian Wright was subject to racial abuse and Israeli inter-nationalist Eyal Berkovic had religious taunts aimed at him by the Tynecastle crowd. The club said they had received numerous reports and complaints of unacceptable behaviour by their own supporters at the game with sectarian taunts also being aimed at other Celtic players. Writing in last night's programme, Hearts chief executive Chris Robinson, and James Pryde, Divisional Chief Superintendent of Lothian and Borders Police, said most of the incidents related to supporters who combined racist, religious, and sectarian abuses at Celtic players. A statement from Robinson and Pryde stated: ''The reports we have are from ordinary Hearts fans who find the behavi-our of these few individuals to be totally unacceptable. ''The club, in conjunction with Lothian and Borders Police and our security team, Rock Steady, will not tolerate such behavi-our. Where this happens, we would ask that supporters advise the club of the section, row, and seat number of any individuals bringing the good name of Hearts into disrepute and we will take the necessary action. ''Supporters should be warned and take heed that such behaviour is unacceptable and is a criminal offence, subject to arrest.''

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