Hearts have suspended defender Craig Thomson with immediate effect in the wake of being convicted for indecent behaviour.
Thomson was placed on the sex offenders register earlier this month after pleading guilty to two charges of indecent behaviour.
Thomson was initially handed a reprieve by the club's board but the decision not to sack the 20-year-old caused outrage at the Edinburgh club, with supporters and children's charities slamming owner Vladimir Romanov.
However, after further discussions at board level the club have decided to suspend Thomson.
However, a short statement on the club's official website, this morning read: "Hearts today announce that Craig Thomson is suspended with immediate effect. No further comment will be made by the club."
The latest move by Hearts raises major doubts about Thomson's long-term future at Tynecastle.