Hearts fans have slammed the SPFL’s decision to switch their eagerly-awaited final Championship match of the season against Rangers to a Sunday lunchtime kick-off at just over two weeks’ notice.
The game, after which the title-winning Jambos are due to be presented with their prize, was due to be staged at 3pm on Saturday, May 2.
However, supporters, who had been looking forward to seeing their team collect a first league championship trophy for 35 years, have been left enraged after the match was switched to 12.30pm the following day to be televised by Sky Sports.
Craig Wilson, a supporter heavily involved in club fundrasing through the Hearts Fans Rallies, said: “Hearts fans have sold out most home games this season and it’s those fans who don’t seem to have been thought about in this decision. There will be people coming from far and wide for this game who have already made plans and then it gets changed two and a half weeks before. Some fans will probably not be able to go now because of this.
“We could have handled it if they moved it forward to 12.30pm on Saturday, but to change the day at this late stage, when all the tickets have already been sold, is not right. We haven’t won a league title for 35 years so people will have already planned their weekend around this game. It’s a real shame.”
Others aired their anger at the decision on social media and former Hearts player and Edinburgh Evening News columnist Gary Mackay joined the chorus of disapproval.
“It’s ridiculous,” he said. “People have already bought tickets for the game, thinking it’s kicking off at 3pm, but now it’s going to be on a Sunday when people might have already made arrangements with their families. It just underlines how much television controls the game. It leaves a bad taste in the mouth.”
Hearts are also understood to be disappointed by the lateness of the decision, which has caused disruption to their plans to mark their title success.