Rudi Skacel has hit out at the Scottish Professional Football League for blocking his return to Hearts.
The Czech midfielder was denied the chance to replace goalkeeping coach Alan Combe as a registered player last week, with the SPFL ruling that it was not a fair swap as Combe had not appeared on any Hearts team sheet this season. “It looks to me like age discrimination or maybe a problem with my name, that it is me,” ( a problem with me) said Skacel.
“I can say that as I can’t see any logical reason why I was rejected. They said it was because of the player going out being a keeper that he has not been part of the team. I’m sorry, but these are not valid reasons to me.
“It’s just not right, it’s funny, especially if you know which people voted against it. I just think this decision stinks.”
The 34-year-old admitted he now has no idea if he will play again. “I don’t know what the future holds. I’ve been training for six months and preparing to play for Hearts again, but I can’t imagine keeping myself fit for another five months without playing. Things can change, but I am upset and my motivation has gone.
“I don’t know if it’s time to retire or play somewhere else. All I know is I wanted to play for Hearts again.”