Edinburgh club Hearts FC have said the loyalist song “The Sash my Father Wore” “has no place” at their Tynecastle stadium after social media showed it was being played on a day open house for fans.
The club apologized after images of the folk song, which is one of the most popular performed by flute groups during the Orange Order parades, aired over the public address system.
It comes as Scottish clubs have come under pressure to root out bigotry from football in recent years, especially top sides Glasgow, Celtic and Rangers.
The incident occurred after the club opened its doors to fans, allowing them to tour the stadium as part of a “Foundation of Hearts” event.
Video footage showed the song played loudly over the sound system and the clip sparked outrage from fans, with many calling on the club to investigate.
A spokesperson for Hearts said: “During the day’s festivities, an incident occurred in which a song was played over the sound system.
“The song in question has no connection with Hearts and has no place in Tynecastle.
“As soon as the club was made aware of the problem, the public address system was turned off, the incident was investigated and concluded quickly.
Club officials at the time apologized to those inside the stadium who brought the matter to their attention. The club would now like to extend the apology further to our wider fan base after videos of the incident were shared on social media. ”
The club said the Hearts Foundation Open House was intended as “an extremely proud occasion” and thanked supporters for their dedication to the team.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone to Georgia for this Saturday’s Premiership Cinch meeting with Dundee United.”
Hearts has a long-standing rivalry in Edinburgh with Hibernian, Hearts historically considered to have an affiliation with Protestant supporters and Hibernian with Catholic supporters.
This is, however, not seen to be on the same scale as the rift between many Rangers and Celtic fans in Glasgow.
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