Hearts’ players wages: SPL dismisses charge for breach of rules

Ryan Stevenson, who refused to play over the wages issue. Picture: SNS

Ryan Stevenson, who refused to play over the wages issue. Picture: SNS

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THE Scottish Premier League has dismissed a charge against Hearts for an alleged breach of their rules.

The Edinburgh club were charged with “failing to behave with the utmost good faith” over the delayed payment of player wages earlier this month.

However, a statement from the SPL today confirmed: “The Scottish Premier League today announced that the charge against Heart of Midlothian FC for an alleged breach of SPL Rule A3.1 has been dismissed.”

Hearts were charged after the SPL announced that wages were delivered late for a fourth successive month.

The claims were refuted by the Jambos, who insisted they had “documentary evidence” to confirm salaries of players and staff were paid on time for the first time since September.

Hearts have now escaped possible punishment after the SPL accepted they were “acting in good faith” by instructing their bank to make the payments on January 16, even though funds did not reach players` bank accounts until the following morning.