Ian Murray, Edinburgh South MP, has joined calls from ‘Stand Up to Racism’ to ban Tommy Robinson from Scottish football. Mr Murray requested that Police Scotland step in to stop Mr Robinson from attending the Hearts vs Rangers game this weekend at Tynecastle.
Labour MPs Ian Murray and Anas Sarwar, SNP MP Chris Stephens and John Finnie MSP have backed the campaign, along with some local councillors Gavin Corbett and Martin Lennon.
This is a guy who’s deliberately going to a football match to stir up right-wing hatred – he’s not going to watch Hearts and Rangers play a good game of Scottish football, he’s going for a whole different reason and I feel the police need to step in and do something about it.
This individual is hellbent on going to a Hearts-Rangers match to cause trouble. In that instance, the police have a duty to protect the public.
They need to make sure he gets nowhere near the football match, let alone inside.”
Mr Robinson posted a photo to his Instagram saying thatHearts Football Club’s Stadium, in the City of Edinburgh.
Green MSP John Finnie, a self-professed Hearts fan who joined calls to ban Mr Robinson, said:
Hearts supporters hold our club in deep affection. Our players have come from countless nations and have been of all faiths and none.
We are a welcoming club and must ensure those who don’t want to share our vision are removed and their damage stopped.”
However not all Hearts fans feel the same, a viral video shows fans of the club gathered in front of a McCrae’s Battalion Hearts banner wearing Robinson masks and chanting his name.
There is a long and growing list of establishment and establishment funded organisations calling for the Journalist to be banned from Scottish football these organisations include Stand Up To Racism – Scotland, Hearts Lads and Lassies Against Fascism, Show Racism The Red Card Scotland, The Muslim Council of Scotland, and Edinburgh and Lothian Regional Equality Council.
Dave Moxham, deputy general secretary of the Scottish TUC, the Unite union in Scotland, GMB Scottish organiser Keir Greenaway, chair of City of Edinburgh Unison Duncan Smith and Des Loughney from the Edinburgh Trades Council are also among supporters.