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Hibernian footballer condemns racist abuse

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 22: Marvin Bartley of Hibernian vies with Graeme Shinnie of Aberdeen during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match between Hibernian and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on April 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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Midfielder Marvin Bartley watched a video where he is warming up on the touchline while some fans were screaming racist comments at him.

On Saturday’s Edinburgh Derby between Hibernian and Hearts, Hibernian midfielder Marvin Bartley was the subject of racial abuse.

Bartley was warming up on the sidelines, while he was being subjected to racial comments from a part of the crowd.

He then watched the same video but with an offensive caption on it online.

“I take everything that is thrown at me, as untrue as it is when playing there, and simply get on with it, but the one thing I refuse to accept is racial abuse,” Bartley wrote on Twitter according to Sky Sports.

“So maybe it is time to take action against these small-minded, ignorant people.”

“Let’s not let it creep back into our game!” he added.

A Hearts statement said: “The club abhors racism of any kind and will take appropriate action against any individual found guilty of racist behavior within Tynecastle.”

“We would echo the statement from Hearts and it goes without saying that Marvin has our full support.”

“There is no place in football for racism and it is an issue that stretches beyond a single club or support base,” the team added.

“We all have a duty to rid our game of these individuals and, in particular, ensure young supporters don’t grow up thinking that kind of behavior is in any way acceptable.”

Hibernian finished on the fifth position in the Scottish Premier League table after the first phase ended.

The team won 14 matches, drew 10, and was defeated nine times.

The club is now five matches away from the end of the 2018-2019 season, as they qualified to the Championship group of the Premiership.