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Players paid as Hearts finally solve wages problem

Hearts declared their wage problem had been solved on wednesday after finally processing player and staff salaries.

The Scottish Premier League club insisted it was ''highly unlikely'' there will be a repeat of the ''technical'' issues which led to employees failing to receive their weekly or monthly pay packets in recent days.

Staff have been told to expect the money in their bank accounts any time now.

The club said in a statement: ''Payment to staff and players has now been processed as planned and a similar situation is highly unlikely to arise again in the future.

''The minor error that occurred has not affected the running of the club in any way. All players and staff are training and working at the club as normal.''

Club director Sergejus Fedotovas - who is also a high-ranking official within Ukio Bankas Investment Group, the parent company which controls Hearts' finances - was at pains to insist there was no financial crisis at Tynecastle.

He told the Edinburgh Evening News: ''I can tell you there is no wages problem. There was a temporary delay due to a technical reason. There is no problem, that's all I can say.''

Manager Csaba Laszlo has promised supporters he will not allow the matter to affect squad morale.

Laszlo expects his players to be fully focused on this weekend's SPL trip to Dundee United and not their bank balances.

He said: ''It's my job to keep the spirit in the dressing room and we are doing this.The club held a meeting with the players and I think everything is okay. Everybody's salary will be in the bank account soon.

''In football, you always have good and bad times, but we must keep the spirit and not think about the other problems. It's important to have a solution and in my dressing room I don't have unsatisfied people.''

Laszlo has also been affected by the delay but the Hungarian claimed he is not motivated by financial gain.

He said: ''I must concentrate on my job because I would like to help this club. My priority is the players and helping the team. I will keep working because I work for results, nothing more.

''We are very motivated and everybody here is talking only about football. This is a normal question but everything is okay. We don't have any problems. I am confident that the players think about football at the moment. We are not thinking about this situation, we only think about the job we have to do.''

The wage problem emerged hours before Saturday's victory over Inverness and players were originally assured they would be recompensed on Monday or Tuesday.

Captain Christophe Berra has reacted angrily to reports any of the squad were threatening strike action if they were not paid by Friday.

He told Hearts News: ''Nothing has been said by the players. We are total professionals, we train hard and we want to win every Saturday.We know that if we are successful as a team that can only be good for us as individuals in our career.''

Berra stressed it was ''not true'' that players would strike, adding: ''I can promise our supporters that we are totally committed to Hearts and this weekend's game.''

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