Hibernian defender Shelton Martis has blasted the club for making a scapegoat of Michael Stewart.
Stewart was told this week he was free to leave the club as his contract would not be renewed amidst reports that the former Manchester United man was paying the price for being involved in the players' revolt at Easter Road.
Martis admits he feels sympathy for Stewart's plight and believes the club have treated the Scottish midfielder harshly.
"I have sympathy for Michael because it looks as if he is the one who has caused all this trouble," Martis told the Daily Record.
"But it is not him, it is the group, and for him to be sacrificed is a bit harsh.
"You know how football is - sometimes it can love you and sometimes it can hate you."
Despite being dropped from John Collins' side in recent weeks, Martis insists he has no plans to leave Edinburgh.
"It never entered my mind to leave," added Martis.
"I am so happy in Edinburgh and I can have no complaints with the club. Next year will be better for me."