Calls made to ban EDL fig­ure from Tynecas­tle

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

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.”

Tommy Robin­son

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