Anti-Catholic bigotry amongst a section of the supporters has been a recurring problem. The decent majority have made great strides in clearing out the bad apples only for them to return.
Why folk feel the need to express such thoughts and hate at a football match of all places is beyond the most civilised of minds. Yet even with a number of draconian punishments waiting for those caught indulging in the practise, there are some who still persist with such bile.
The usual flashpoint is when Hearts play either Celtic or Hibernian - two clubs whose origins lie with Irish Catholic immigration.
Hearts' own roots do not lie within any Protestant or Unionist equivalent.
Hearts ignored this and duly challenged Hibs to a game. Others picked up on this defiance and in the end, the SFA had to recognise the Jambos' new capital rivals.
And it's been a rivalry that both have enjoyed - even when Wallace Mercer stupidly tried to merge the two clubs in 1990, both sets of supporters united to preserve their separate institutions.
Yet some morons in the Hearts support want to make that rivalry into something that it's not. Games against Celtic as well - even though it is not even a local derby fixture.
And they appeared on the scene last weekend when Hearts travelled through to Glasgow to meet Celtic.
As was reported here.
Not to mention that some of those numbskulls actually seemed 'proud' of what they had done with their boasts on social media site Twitter.
Particularly the morons who, when in Glasgow, thought it was a bright idea to try and set fire to an Irish flag not far from where the police were standing. (EDIT: It would appear that this 'hardcore' rabble were so proud of their actions that they have since deleted the film from Twitter ensuring that the last link is now redundant. Talk about having the 'courage of your convictions'.)
Naturally, Heart of Midlothian football club themselves were far from impressed and released the following statement:
However, it is extremely disappointing that she has had to do so again.
The warning was clear enough last time yet the pondlife element of the Hearts support preferred to take the view that their own anti-Irish Catholic bigotry was more important than the reputation of the club they claim to be 'fans' of.
These so-called 'proper Hearts men' (as they like to call themselves on fan forums) say it is their right to sing the Sash - yet most, if not all, couldn't tell you who King William III was, what his beliefs and aims were and why, the Pope of his era (a figurehead of whom these PHM shout "f*** the Pope" at the end of the Sash) supported him.
Again, these so-called 'proper Hearts men' say it is their right to sing the Billy Boys song - yet most, if not all, would not be able to tell you that this ditty is about a man named Billy Fullerton who was the head of a 1930s Glasgow razor gang who would assault Catholics. Nor would they be able to tell you that Fullerton was a member of the British Union of Fascists and even started up a Glasgow chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
If they do know about Fullerton and continue to sing the bigoted tribute to him, then their racism is not welcome - regardless of what age these 'daft young boys' appear to be.
While the problem is not at epidemic levels like it is at Rangers - who unlike Budge prefer to look the other way when their supporters indulge in such behaviour en masse - it is still something that will cast a mark over the club and the decent-minded majority of supporters who do not indulge in bigotry.
Yes the prime responsibility to eradicate such a cancer from the Hearts support lies with the club but it needs support from other parties to help them do this.
A section of the media being one.
Assuming the 'daft young boys' are actually daft for one second, what kind of mixed messages are being sent out to them about how wrong their behaviour is when one club's support is (rightly) condemned for it, yet another team's set of fans has their conduct covered up?
Here's an example. The Ramsdens Cup Final of 2014 between Rangers and Raith was played in Edinburgh.
The fans of the Ibrox side were involved in some unsavoury behaviour in the Grassmarket area of the capital and it was reported as such by one newspaper.
Yet the local Glasgow paper, which Rangers fans are more likely to read than the Edinburgh-based one in the above link, took a more 'ambiguous' approach.
'West of Scotland football fans' eh? I bet the Milngavie-based rugby club of that named were delighted to see their support being confused for thuggish a section of the Rangers support.
No mention of who the club that those arrested supported were and even taking the trouble to re-label Rangers as 'West of Scotland'?
A quirk of the house style of that particular paper?
Perhaps but that claim cut no ice when the same publication today reported on the antics of the bigoted section of Hearts supporters from last weekend.
In the second paragraph, you are left in no doubt as to which football team these idiots support. Hearts are clearly mentioned.
No shushing up here. After all, had the same 'house style' been applied here as it was with the Rangers incident, those Hearts hooligans would surely have been re-branded as "East of Scotland football fans"?
Maybe having seen how the behaviour of one set of football fans had been dressed up, sanitised and re-packaged as to not reveal which club they followed, the knuckleheads from last week thought the same would happen with them?
Not to mention very little being done by both the police and the SFA when Rangers fans indulged in their bigoted sectarian songbook.
Who knows if the above are indeed contributory causes? However, such selectiveness doesn't help. This type of behaviour should be called out and accurately identified for what it really is.
The statement made by Hearts today was welcome. Supporters know where the club stands and hopefully more will be encouraged to report such incidents should they happen again.
Hearts will soon be playing Celtic again, at Tynecastle this time, thanks to yesterday's League Cup quarter-final draw.
No doubt the small group that is the moronic and historically ill-informed will try and ruin this for everybody.
They shouldn't and if they do, the club, the supporters, the police and the media must sing a tune that is from the same hymn sheet in the battle to drive out bigotry from football.
Because enough really is enough.