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Hearts pay financial penalty in player row

Scottish Premier League club Hearts are counting the cost after publicly backing a disgraced player on their books.

Craig Thomson, 20, was fined £4,000 and put on the sex offenders list for lewd libidinous and indecent behaviour towards two girls, aged 12 and 14, over the internet.

Hearts refused to sack the player and have since come under a barrage of criticism from fans and family campaigners. Now it looks like the Scottish club have been hit with a financial penalty after drinks company mcab withdrew £5,000 of support from the Edinburgh club.

Childrens charities have already condemned Hearts and now it looks like sponsors are withdrawing their support. A spokesman for the drinks firm said: "As a company with strong family values, we are left with no choice but to terminate our relationship with the Hearts football club.

"Along with countless others, fans and co-sponsors alike, we are extremely disappointed with the club's handling of this situation and as a result can no longer continue our support."

Matt Morris

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