Monday 20 November 2017

Sex offences footballer suspended

Hilary Duncanson

A Scottish Premier League footballer placed on the sex offenders register has been suspended by his club with immediate effect.

Hearts made the move following defender Craig Thomson's conviction earlier this month for lewd, libidinous and indecent behaviour towards two under-age girls.

The Edinburgh club announced yesterday it was standing by the 20-year-old but indicated a change in position in a short statement on its official website today.

It said: "Hearts today announce that Craig Thomson is suspended with immediate effect. No further comment will be made by the club."

The decision comes after criticism of the club's handling of the situation following Thomson's conviction.

Anne Houston, chief executive of children's charity Children 1st, recently backed calls for Hearts to sack Thomson.

It also emerged yesterday that the club's initial decision to allow the player to remain in the squad had cost it one of its sponsors.

MacB Water expressed disappointment in Hearts' earlier stance and announced it had withdrawn its support as official water sponsor, a deal worth more than £5,000.

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