Hearts lose sponsor for retaining sex offender Thomson
Tuesday 28 June 2011
Heart of Midlothian's decision to retain the services of Craig Thomson, who was convicted this month of "lewd, libidinous and indecent behaviour", has cost the club one of its sponsors.
Hearts allowed the 20-year-old full-back to resume his career with them after he pleaded guilty, was fined and placed on the sex offenders register in relation to his inappropriate conduct towards two under-age girls over the internet.
Now MacB Water has announced that it has withdrawn its support as official water sponsor of the Jambos, a deal worth more than £5,000.
A MacB spokeswoman said: "As a company with strong family values, we are left with no choice but to terminate our relationship with the Hearts Football Club.
"Along with countless others, fans and co-sponsors alike, we are extremely disappointed with the club's handling of this situation and as a result can no longer continue our support."
A spokesman for Hearts said the club had no comment to make on the withdrawal of the sponsorship agreement.
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