Gordon retains Hearts capataincy after club hearing

December 19, 2006

Craig Gordon will retain the captaincy of Hearts following a disciplinary hearing at Tynecastle today.

The Scotland goalkeeper, who supported Steven Pressley when the former skipper criticised the way the club was being run in October, refused to comment after the meeting.

But Scottish Professional Footballers' Association secretary Fraser Wishart, who accompanied the 23-year-old at the meeting, said: 'Craig is captain of Hearts Football Club and will be playing I am sure at the weekend.'

Wishart did not go into details of the talks, which came four days after Gordon was appointed club captain.

He replaced Pressley, who left the club on December 9, six weeks after revealing 'significant unrest' in the dressing room over majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov's turbulent reign.

Paul Hartley, who also flanked Pressley during the October 27 media conference, had a similar meeting with club officials last week.

The Scotland midfielder was then left out of the starting line up for the 1-0 defeat at Aberdeen on Saturday.

Gordon sped away in his car without making any comment, but Wishart spoke to the waiting media.

He said: 'What was discussed today is absolutely confidential.

'Comparing Steven Pressley with Paul Hartley or Craig Gordon is wrong.

'I cannot go into the situation, it was individual hearings at every opportunity.

'Craig will go on I'm sure and have a long and successful career.'

It earlier emerged that Romanov had not appealed against a £10,000 fine issued by the Scottish Football Association over his criticism of the country's referees.

The Lithuanian-based businessman did not notify the SFA of his intention to appeal before last night's deadline.

He now has until January 10 to pay the fine before he is charged 4% interest per annum on the sum.