‘I feel sorry for your personal tragedies that force you to behave like this’: Hearts keeper slams Hibs fans who punched him in chaotic Edinburgh derby as new footage shows keys stuck in net which fan threw at him
- Zdenek Zlamal was punched by a Hibernian fan during the Edinburgh Derby
- The Hearts keeper was attacked as he retrieved the ball from behind the goal
- A video on Twitter also showed a set of keys lodged in his net after being thrown
- Zlamal responded by calling Hibs fans ‘losers’ following the chaotic 0-0 draw
Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal has sent a scathing message to Hibernian fans who attacked him during the chaotic Edinburgh derby on Wednesday.
The bad-tempered game ended goalless, but not before a Hibs fan punched Zlamal as he went to retrieve the ball from behind the goal.
Trying to restart the play after a harmless shot drifted wide, the keeper had the ball thrown at his groin by a visiting supporter, before another took an apparent swing at the Czech.
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Hearts keeper Zdenek Zlamal has slammed Hibernian fans who punched and threw keys at him
Zlamal was left flat out on the floor after the incident with the fan as he tried to retrieve the ball
Zlamal sent a scathing message to the rival supporters on Twitter after a chaotic derby match
Czech keeper Zlamal called the fans ‘losers’ and said he felt sorry for their ‘personal tragedies’
Footage has also emerged of a set of keys – apparently thrown at the keeper – lodged in his net.
Zlamal has now hit back at the Hibs supporters, saying: ‘I feel sorry for your personal tragedies that force you to behave like this’.
The 32-year-old wrote on social media: ‘Yesterday’s result was 0-0, but everybody knows who the losers are.
‘You punched me in the face, I was OK, no big deal, but feel sorry for your personal tragedies that force you to behave like this. Our kids are watching the games and I’m sure they can recognize their real heroes.’
A short online video clip shows a set of keys lodged in the back of Zlamal’s goal net
Although a comical sight, they have been thrown with the intent of damage to the Hearts No 1
Set of keys on Zlamal's net pic.twitter.com/WOYn5arluK
Zlamal joined Hearts in the summer from Czech top tier side Fastav Zlin, and has already become a fan favourite at Tynecastle – a status likely to be further enforced by this bullish message.
The extent of the abuse and attacks suffered by Zlamal from the away end was demonstrated in a video posted to Twitter on Wednesday night.
The short clip shows a set of keys lodged in the back of Zlamal’s goal net – a comical sight, although they have clearly been thrown with the intent of causing damage to the Hearts No 1.
The Edinburgh derby descended into shocking scenes of disorder and violence on Wednesday night, where Hibernian manager Neil Lennon was hit by a coin.
Police Scotland also confirmed they had arrested and charged a 25-year-old man with assaulting an assistant referee during the latest night of shame for Scottish football.
The bad-tempered Edinburgh Derby ended goalless, but there will be repurcussions
After the game Lennon called the attack on Zlamal ‘ridiculous’ and called for action against the culprit, regardless of club affiliation.
He said: ‘It is unacceptable and, as a club, we can only apologise and hopefully we will deal with the individual. This is a guy just doing his job, providing entertainment and the last thing he needs is someone attacking him. No physical contact is acceptable.
‘I don’t know if he is shaken up or hurt but we, as a club, will hopefully find the perpetrator and deal with him and humiliate him. He is blackening the name of our club and I don’t want that.’
In the midst of five minutes of mayhem, visiting striker Florian Kamberi was red carded before a Hibs fan tried to pole axe Zlamal, sending the Hearts keeper collapsing to the ground.
Hibernian manager Neil Lennon was struck by a pound coin thrown from the crowd
Lennon remained on the floor while opposing manager Craig Levein checked up on him
Moments before he was struck, Lennon celebrated wildly when a home goal was ruled offside
In the second minute of injury time Hibs boss Lennon – attacked at the same venue as Celtic manager six years ago – was felled by a pound coin thrown from behind the technical area.
It was in response his reaction to a Clevid Dikamona goal for Hearts being flagged offside. Lennon later branded the Hearts fan who felled him with the coin a ‘coward’.
Hearts boss Craig Levein added his voice to the condemnation: ‘Bobby (Zlamal) says someone struck him and it looks like Neil has been hit by a coin. It just saddens me, really.
‘Both sets of players are doing well at this moment in time, they don’t want to get beaten, tension is high, aggression is evident throughout the match on the field.
‘But there’s no place for things like that. You can sing and shout and swear all you like, but I got a fright when I saw Lenny on the ground.
‘I hope they catch whoever it was who threw it, it doesn’t matter what team they support, they need to be dealt with.’
The rivalry between Hearts and Hibernian is among the most fearsome in British football
Police attempt to keep order as fans of Hibernian and Hearts exchange heated words
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