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Hearts player Ian Black cleared of cocaine charge

Ian Black
Image caption Hearts midfielder Ian Black, 26, had been arrested at an Edinburgh nightclub last May

Hearts player Ian Black has been cleared of a charge of possession of cocaine after witnesses failed to turn up to give evidence.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court the judge told him "the fact you are a footballer makes no difference to this court".

The 26-year-old midfielder had been arrested at an Edinburgh nightclub last May. He was accused of possessing cocaine worth about £80.

Neither he nor Hearts Football Club made any comment.

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