Foundation of Hearts hit out at 'mean-spirited certain chairmen' as they back club's legal stance

Hearts saw league reconstruction proposals fail to gain sufficient support
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Foundation of Hearts have confirmed their support of the club’s statement following the announcement on Monday afternoon that there will be no league reconstruction.

The Tynecastle club have been all but consigned to the Championship after the proposal for a 14-10-10-10 structure in the SPFL did not receive sufficient support.

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Foundation of Hearts have backed the club's legal stance. Picture: SNSFoundation of Hearts have backed the club's legal stance. Picture: SNS
Foundation of Hearts have backed the club's legal stance. Picture: SNS

“The club can confirm that the necessary steps have been taken to begin this legal challenge,” the Hearts statement read. “Given that this is now an active legal matter, the club will be offering no further comment at this time.”

It is a stance which has the full backing of the Foundation of Hearts.

In a statement to pledgers, chairman Stuart Wallace, praised the club, while expressing dismay, although not surprise, at the decision which will likely not see Hearts take to the field in league action until the middle of October.

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In the communication to pledgers who have helped raise nearly £10.25million, Wallace railed against the “self-interest” of “certain chairmen”.

‘Always Hearts’

The statement read: “Today’s news regarding the reconstruction vote will have come as little surprise to many of you, and that statement in itself reveals much about the belief and confidence we and others have in those who control our game.

“For many years, clubs and supporters have called for change, innovation, and new ways forward in the league structure and the running of our sport, but when it came to the bit, those with power, those alleged leaders in our community, came up very far short.

“Others will draw conclusions from this sorry development (or rather lack of development), which now sees the Scottish football authorities take a unique stance in Europe – a stance which inflicts severe and unjust damage on member clubs at an already critical time. We are heart-sorry for other clubs adversely affected by today’s events – good clubs who have been badly let down over recent weeks. For our part, however, the staggering, mean-spirited, self-interest demonstrated by certain chairmen - whose utter dearth of mettle has been fully exposed - will serve to strengthen our resolve and galvanise our efforts to take this club forward with your continued support.

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“As you will be aware, the club has today announced its next steps. The Foundation board wholeheartedly applauds both the excellent statement issued and the commitment to fight today’s decision through the legal route. The club is right to say that it has acted with integrity throughout this affair. It is right, too, to commend the amazing fans who stand by the club, whatever is thrown at us. We know that the current tribulations will only make us stronger as we stand together against injustice. No matter the outcome of the legal challenge, it will, as ever, be Always Hearts.”

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