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Edinburgh clubs condemn jeering

Hearts players pay their respects to the late George Miller
Saturday's silence was marred by jeering from a section of the crowd

Hibernian have hit out at the fans who ruined a minute's silence in memory of the late George Miller ahead of Saturday's Edinburgh derby.

A minority failed to properly observe the tribute to the Hearts legend before kick-off in the clash at Tynecastle.

"The club apologises to the former player's family if the events caused offence," read a statement from Hibs.

Meanwhile, Hearts have admonished supporters who taunted Hibs midfielder Dean Shiels over his loss of an eye.

The Northern Ireland international, who came on as a second half replacement, underwent surgery in 2006 to remove an eye, which was damaged in an accident when he was eight-years-old.

St Mirren offered an apology to the player in November after Shiels was targeted by a few Paisley fans behind the dugout as he was substituted at Love Street but Saturday's abuse was on a much larger scale.

"It is important that our supporters remember the standards that we wish to maintain as a club," a Hearts spokesperson said.

"There is a pride and dignity which is ingrained in this club's history and we must respect this at all times.

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"It is important that the minority involved in singing the offensive song at the weekend's game remember there is no place for such behaviour within Heart of Midlothian Football Club."

Following Saturday's 0-0 draw, the Edinburgh rivals meet again on Scottish Cup duty at Easter Road on Sunday.

The Hibs statement added: "In looking forward to the Scottish Cup tie, Hibernian has urged all its supporters to continue their exemplary record of showing respect for others whilst supporting the team in a vocal and sporting fashion."



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see also
Hearts 0-0 Hibernian
03 Jan 09 |  Scottish Premier
St Mirren apology to Hibs' Shiels
03 Nov 08 |  St Mirren


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