Hearts furious with Nade claims

25 May 2010 08:22
Hearts may take legal action against Christian Nade following claims made by the striker in a local newspaper.The Frenchman, who is being released, claimed the club are failing to honour a three-and-a-half-year contract he signed earlier in the season. [LNB]Nade also alleged that Hearts tried to reduce his wages by half following an altercation with team-mate Ian Black. [LNB]"We are considering our legal position given the unfounded comments made by Christian Nade," said a club spokesman. [LNB]In a statement on the Edinburgh outfit's website, the spokesman added: "The player is still under contract with this club until the end of the month and, as such, he has breached the player code of conduct and we will address the matter internally. [LNB]"He has been informed that he will not be part of the club's future plans due to his poor strike rate in his three seasons at Tynecastle and his poor disciplinary record. [LNB]"However, we cannot let unsubstantiated comments such as these be accepted. [LNB]"There should be absolutely no doubt that no contract extension has been signed between Hearts and Christian Nade. [LNB]"It is fantasy to suggest that such a contract exists and it appears to be a very desperate measure by a very desperate player." [LNB]Nade scored 10 goals in his three seasons with Hearts and featured just twice after his altercation with Black, following a 2-0 loss at Celtic on 10 February. [LNB]Speaking in the Edinburgh Evening News, Nade said: "We played against Celtic and after the match I punched Blackie. [LNB]"They said they weren't going to sack me but they would give me a fine. I went to the disciplinary and they gave me a one-week fine. I knew if they gave me a big fine I could go to the court and say I had a contract. [LNB]"I have proof because they sent an email to my agent with the offer of the first contract. [LNB]"I spoke with the SPL about this and they said what happened was wrong. They wanted to do something but we didn't have enough proof to bring it to court. [LNB]"After, Hearts admitted there was a contract, but they don't want to honour it." [LNB]Following the incident with Black, Nade alleges director Sergejus Fedotovas attempted to change the terms of his contract. [LNB]Nade claims the conversation with the Lithuanian went as follows: "'The law is on our side, so if you want, we can sack you. But we don't want to sack you. We want to change your contract'. [LNB]"I said: 'You can't change my contract, I signed the contract'. He answered: 'We're going to make you another offer', and he offered half the wages of the contract he gave me before."

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