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Hearts players get paid

Hearts' players received their overdue wages on Friday, with senior squad members paid the amounts they were due on October 16.

• Hearts players bide time over wages

The news came 24 hours after the squad were persuaded not to make a formal complaint to the Scottish Premier League by manager Paulo Sergio.

It is understood the players were ready to sign a letter of complaint addressed to SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster, asking him to intervene in the matter and with the possibility of invoking FIFA Article 14 for breach of contract with just cause. Sergio asked them to bide their time and now the players, who play St Mirren in Paisley on Saturday, have been paid for the first time since mid-September.

The players' union, PFA Scotland, worked with Hearts' players and made the squad aware of all the implications of the issue, but now the payment has been made.

It was not the first time Hearts had delayed payment of their staff, but the near three-week duration was believed to have been causing some alarm, particularly after owner Vladimir Romanov this week expressed his reluctance to continue to plough money into the club.

Hearts remain in a financial predicament, though, with more than £30million worth of debt, and players could yet depart when the January transfer window opens.


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