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Hibs fan arrested for alleged racial abuse at Edinburgh derby

Hibs fan arrested for alleged racial abuse at Edinburgh derby

Television coverage showed the supporter aiming racist comments at Hearts’ Clevid Dikamona.

A Hibernian fan has been arrested this Saturday over the alleged racial abuse of Hearts’ Clevid Dikamona during the Edinburgh derby.

Television pictures from the 1-0 Hearts win showed the 65-year-old Hibs supporter apparently shouting racist slurs at the Congo international.

In a statement, Hibernian condemned the incident as “unacceptable” and said they would do “everything possible to identify the individual concerned and take the appropriate action”.

Superintendent Jim Royan of Police Scotland said: 'A 65-year-old man has now been arrested following the racial abuse of a Hearts player, and enquiries are currently ongoing into this.

'There is no place in Scotland for hate crime and I want to reassure the public that reports of such incidents will be treated seriously.'

According to the BBC, a total of seven arrests were made at the match, including two people for attacks on police officers.

Dikamona responds

The French-born Congo international posted a picture of the story by Record Sports Online and said he was feeling “happy and grateful” despite the incident.

He tweeted: 'You can’t know how happy and grateful I am tonight, despite what he could do or say he will not take away that feeling, I prefer to smile and tell you that I love you #SayNoToRascism'.