Hearts chairman Ann Budge has warned fans of the club not to protest at this weekend’s Scottish Championship match with Queen of the South.

Fans were furious after the club were eliminated from the Scottish Cup this week by Highland League side Brora Rangers in one of the competition’s biggest shocks. Rumours of a protest at Tynecastle have circled this weekend but Budge has told Hearts fan not to do this in the midst of a pandemic.

Hearts protest rumours have surfaced. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

She said: “The Board, Management and Staff fully understand and share the anger and strength of feeling being expressed by our fans following what was a totally unacceptable performance and result on Tuesday evening.

“We can only echo the comments made by Robbie Neilson after the game. He was stunned and embarrassed, as were we all, by our exit at this stage of the Scottish Cup. It was, as the manager said, completely unacceptable and fell way below the standards that we set and expect at Hearts.


“We completely respect the right of any and all of our supporters to make their voices heard and feelings known in a peaceful and law-abiding manner. However we are aware, from social media, that there is the suggestion of a fans protest at Tynecastle Park on Saturday prior to our Championship fixture with Queen of The South.

Budge has sent a warning to the Hearts support. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We do not need to remind anyone that we are still in the midst of worldwide pandemic during which our focus has at all times been on ensuring the safety and security of everyone at Tynecastle. Nor do we need to remind you that it is unlawful for crowds to gather in public places due to current Covid restrictions.

“We must, therefore, urge all fans, in the strongest possible manner, not to congregate at Tynecastle Park on Saturday. Everyone associated with the Club feels let down. However the most important thing now is to bounce back.

“At the start of this season every single one of us agreed that, above all else, this year was about winning the Championship and getting back to where we belong. We are on the cusp of achieving that objective. Let’s not risk success now by allowing frustration and anger to knock us off course. We still have a job to finish.”

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