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Union seek answers in Hearts' unpaid wages row Empty Union seek answers in Hearts' unpaid wages row

Post by Mr007 on Wed Nov 02, 2011 1:58 pm

By Brian McLauchlin
BBC Scotland Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov Romanov's latest statement suggests he is reluctant to invest further in Hearts

The Scottish players' union is exploring the prospect of key personnel terminating their contracts with Hearts as wages continue to go unpaid.

PFA Scotland has written to Hearts outlining their concerns but have yet to receive a reply.

Wages were due on 16 October but an expected late payment has failed to materialise for a second time.

A number of players have already been hit by bank charges after defaulting on direct debits.

Non-playing staff and youth players are not affected by the problem, which the club have given no explanation for.

Last month, Hearts said in a statement that players would be paid "in the near future", and that those involved had been spoken to.

The disgruntled players could take their case to Fifa, citing a fundamental breach of contract without just cause.

If the world governing body agree, then players could apply to be released from their contracts allowing them to seek employment elsewhere.

The Edinburgh club are currently not co-operating with the media over coverage of disciplinary action by the Scottish Football Association against their manager Paulo Sergio.
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I think there is no point in spending millions to watch someone else's show

Vladimir Romanov Hearts owner

Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov has been silent on the issue of delayed payments but has once again launched an attack on the game's governors and media coverage.

Speaking to the club's website, the Lithuanian-based banker said: "The media describes the current situation as a soap opera.

"In reality, the soap opera, or to give it a more apt name, show business, is the whole of Scottish football, where lead roles are played by the teams from Glasgow, the national association, league, media, referees and the teams who agree to participate in this show.

"The game against Kilmarnock [a 1-0 loss on Saturday] was another show. Following on from the investigation of Paulo Sergio for legitimate comments he made, it simply shows how the media is running, or should that be ruining, Scottish football."

Romanov went on to criticise the standard of the game in Scotland, adding: "Entrepreneurs and various large businesses turned their backs on that sort of football and left this national heritage to the mercy of its own fate.

"That sort of outrage from the media, federation and tax authorities kills everyone who is trying to change this situation, including ourselves who are ready to invest in Scotland once again with stadium plans. And no one is interested in what's going on.

"This is why I think there is no point in spending millions to watch someone else's show."

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