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Out of order Hearts FC apologise after loyalist song played at stadium during open day for fans

'The song in question has no connection to Hearts and it has no place at Tynecastle'

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'The song in question has no connection to Hearts and it has no place at Tynecastle'

'The song in question has no connection to Hearts and it has no place at Tynecastle'

'The song in question has no connection to Hearts and it has no place at Tynecastle'

Edinburgh club Hearts FC has said the loyalist song ‘The Sash my Father Wore’ "has no place" at its Tynecastle stadium after social media showed it being played during an open day for fans. 

The club has apologised after footage emerged of the folk song, which is one of the most popular played by flute bands during Orange Order parades, being played over the PA system.

It comes as Scottish clubs have faced pressure to eliminate sectarianism from soccer in recent years, particularly top flight Glasgow sides Celtic and Rangers.

The incident happened after the club had opened its doors to fans, allowing them to tour the stadium as part of a 'Foundation of Hearts' event.

Video footage showed the song playing loudly over the PA system and the clip was met with outrage from fans with many calling for the club to investigate.

A Hearts spokesman said: "During the day’s festivities, an incident occurred whereby a song was played over the PA system.

"The song in question has no connection to Hearts and it has no place at Tynecastle.

"As soon as the club was made aware of the issue the PA system was switched off, the incident investigated and swiftly concluded.

"Club officials apologised at the time to those inside the stadium who brought the matter to their attention. The club would now like to further extend that apology to our wider fanbase after videos of the incident were shared on social media."

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The Sash is one of the most popular songs played at Orange Order parades

The Sash is one of the most popular songs played at Orange Order parades

The Sash is one of the most popular songs played at Orange Order parades

 

The club said that the Foundation of Hearts Open Day was intended as “an extremely proud occasion,” and thanked supporters for their dedication to the team.

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“We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Gorgie for this Saturday’s cinch Premiership encounter with Dundee United.”

Hearts has a long-established rivalry in Edinburgh with Hibernian, with Hearts historically seen as having an affiliation with Protestant supporters and Hibernian with Catholic supporters.

This is not, however, viewed as being on the same scale as the divide between many Rangers and Celtic supporters in Glasgow.

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