Kilmarnock’s Josh Magennis makes ‘xenophobic abuse’ complaint

Kilmarnock's Josh Magennis, left, claims he was abused. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS
Kilmarnock's Josh Magennis, left, claims he was abused. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS
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KILMARNOCK striker Josh Magennis made an official complaint to Police Scotland in the wake of the 1-0 defeat at Tynecastle, alleging he was xenophobically abused by Hearts fans.

The Northern Ireland international spoke to police following taunts from the Wheatfield Stand.

The player allegedly got fed up after he was subjected to anti-Irish abuse and alerted police officers to a pocket of fans.

Hearts released a statement which said: “The club can confirm that following this afternoon’s game, a complaint was made to Police Scotland by a Kilmarnock player.

“The Kilmarnock player alleges that an abusive comment was made relating to his nationality by an individual seated within the home end at Tynecastle. The alleged abusive remark related to the player being Irish. The player is from Northern Ireland. To clarify, this allegation does not involve the player’s colour, religion or sexuality.

“Senior figures from both clubs were present when the player made the complaint and discussed the matter fully thereafter.

“Heart of Midlothian FC has a number of players of different nationality playing in the current squad and is very proud of the international make up of our team. We will fully support any police investigation into reports of abuse such as the one which has been reported today.”