SPFL performs U-turn on final-day fixtures

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The SPFL today completed a U-turn in the row over the final round of Championship fixtures, revealing all games will now take place on Saturday, May 2 with 12.15pm kick-offs.

The authorities had come under fire after announcing Hearts’ final match against Rangers at Tynecastle would be switched to Sunday, May 3 and be shown live on television, 24 hours after Hibs, locked in a battle with the Ibrox club for second place, were due to face Falkirk.

Hearts and Rangers will now meet at 12.15pm on Saturday, May 2

Hearts and Rangers will now meet at 12.15pm on Saturday, May 2

The move was seen as handing Rangers an advantage and was decried by both Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster and Hearts chairwoman Ann Budge – who also criticised league bosses for showing a blatant disregard to Jambo fans expecting to see their team presented with the league trophy on the Saturday – as they underlined the need for “sporting integrity.”

Today a spokesperson for the SPFL said: “Following consultation between the SPFL, member clubs and broadcast partners regarding the final round of Championship fixtures over the weekend of May 2-3, 2015, Sky Sports has now suggested an alternative schedule for its televised Championship match that weekend.

“As a result, we are pleased to confirm all five Championship matches that weekend will now kick-off simultaneously at 12.15pm on Saturday, May 2. The Hearts v Rangers match will be televised live on Sky Sports.

“The SPFL would like to thank Sky Sports for its flexibility and understanding and we’re sure all football fans will look forward to an exciting climax to the Championship season.”