Calls made to ban EDL figure from Tynecastle

Politicians have raised safety concerns with police over the co-founder of the English Defence League’s intention to attend the clash between Hearts and Rangers today.

Former chair of Heart of Midlothian Football Club, Lord George Foulkes, Ian Murray MP, and Angus Robertson condemned any association of Tommy Robinson with Scottish football, Hearts, Rangers and Scottish Football fans. In a joint statement they asked Police Scotland to do all that was necessary to prevent Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, from entering Tynecastle for the match in the interests of public safety, public order, and public decency. Former Hearts board member and chair of The Foundation of Hearts, Ian Murray MP, said: “We must stand together as all faith and none and supporters of all clubs and none, in solidarity, against those who wish to peddle fascism in society and in our institutions.” Lord George Foulkes said Hearts was a family club and called on police to use the intelligence and resources available to them to keep Robinson away from Tynecastle, adding: “He is not wanted and not welcome.” Former MP Angus Robertson said: “Fascists aren’t welcome at Tynecastle or any other ground in football.”