A Hearts player is facing calls for a police investigation after video appeared to show him live streaming on Instagram while driving.
Attacker David Milinkovic is on loan to the club from Genoa, and has won the support of many fans after finishing his inaugural season with a combined 10 goals and assists.
But following their 1-0 defeat by Kilmarnock in their last game of the season, the 23-year-old decided to live stream to his fans.
Milinkovic appears to be sitting in the front, lefthand side of a vehicle and his eyes continually dart between the phone camera and the road ahead.
The RAC said today the footballer appeared to driving while using his phone and urged Police Scotland to investigate the matter.
The 30-second clip was originally streamed on Milinkovic’s Instagram page but was also later circulated widely on social media.
The footage begins with Milinkovic, wearing a maroon hoodie, sitting in what may be the driver’s seat of a left hand drive car.
Looking into the camera he says: “Hey guys, thank you. Edinburgh is maroon. Come on!”
As the football star blasts music and sings along, he continues to look between the road and his phone, reading comments from fans begging him to stay at the club.
He can be heard saying: “Thank you. I hope, I hope I stay.”
Simon Williams, spokesman for the RAC, today claimed: “This shows a blatant disregard for the law and should be investigated by the police.
“With so many drivers still using their handheld mobile phones at the wheel we desperately need to make everyone recognise this is socially unacceptable as well as illegal.”
He alleged: “Instead, we have a high profile footballer live streaming while driving setting a shocking example to all his social media followers.
“He should go to BePhoneSmart.uk and pledge never to do this again and then encourage others to make the same commitment. The message everyone should understand by now is that using handheld phones at the wheel is against the law because it costs lives.”
Social media users seemed oblivious to the issue of whether or not the footballer was driving.
Etrain82 said: “You staying at Hearts??”
Andrew.evans.1_5 asked: “Please stay.”
And David_Roberts74 pleaded: “Come back.”
Milinkovic also took to Instagram on Sunday to pay thanks to manager Craig Levein and the club. In a lengthy post he wrote: “Thank you for everything @heartofmidlothianfc. For me Edinburgh will always be maroon.”
The footballer left Edinburgh yesterday and has now returned to France.
Heart of Midlothian F.C. did not respond to numerous requests for comment.
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