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Fashanu sacked by Hearts after trying to sell scandal lies
11 Feb 1994
CONTROVERSIAL striker Justin Fashanu, who has made the front page more often than the back, will not play for Hearts again.
The Tynecastle club announced last night that his contract would not be renewed at the end of the season, nor would he be chosen for the side in the interim.
Chairman Wallace Mercer, on one of his flying visits from France, discussed the publicity surrounding the extrovert forward and, after the original verdict to fine the player and suspend him for missing training, concluded that it was time the club and Fashanu parted company.
The decision comes after revelations by Fashanu that he had concocted scandals and tried to sell them to English tabloid newspapers, revelations that made him front page news yet again.
"The player has been reported as telling lies for financial gain," manager Sandy Clark said, "and that is unbecoming conduct for a professional in any walk of life.
Fashanu was suspended after missing training, according to Scottish League rules, but is understood to have gone on holiday for two weeks and still has not appeared at the ground.
The 33-year-old has been a Hearts player for only six months since he left Airdrie and signed a one-year contract with the Edinburgh club.
There will be other, more vital names missing from the Hearts line-up to meet Celtic at Tynecastle tomorrow.
City rivals Hibernian, Hearts' opponents in the cup, are in perhaps worse fettle for their championship confrontation with Rangers at Ibrox.
"Danny was brought in for a specific purpose," Miller said, "and I was delighted with the way he played.
Both Hibs and Hearts are unbeaten this year, and in the case of the Easter Road team, who are only three points behind leaders Rangers, maintaining that record could be especially significant in the coming weeks.
Taken from the Herald