by Karen Clark
Hearts midfielder Michael Stewart has been given a three match suspension after his sending off on Saturday’s match against St Mirren. Stewart lashed out against St Mirrens’ Hugh Murray in the first half of the game but despite this, Hearts managed a one nil win with ten men.
The red head has a poor history of discipline on the pitch and this is his third sending off since signing for Hearts in 2006. He has also managed to rack up a total of 18 yellow cards. Ex Jambo’s gaffer, Steve Frail, has said about his temper, “There is no denying he is a good footballer but he has had a lot of bookings and red cards so it would be better if he could channel that aggression.” The midfielder will still play this Saturday in an away game at Inverness but will miss crucial home matches against Falkirk and Rangers.
The incident also overshadowed the Rememberance Service at Haymarket in which all the players attend to remember the clubs war dead. Hearts were flying high in the top of the league in Novemeber 1914 and 16 players went to France to fight in the First World War. Seven players didn’t make it back home and they are among those remembered every year at the service at the Heart of Midlothian War Memorial.
Stewart is also an amabassador for PoppyScotland and knows only too well the importance of this event. Speaking before Saturday’s game he said, “The best way to pay tribute and to be respectful to the history of the club is to get the three points.”
“Of course, this is a big occasion for the club with what is going on this weekend and the history we have. But the best way to pay tribute is get the three points and not dwell or concentrate on anything else.
“You don’t want to be distracted from what you are trying to do on the pitch because ultimately, if you get three points that’s the best way to pay tribute.”