Hearts hit with SFA complaint

01 July 2013 06:16

Hearts have been issued with a notice of complaint by the Scottish Football Association for going into administration.

The Edinburgh club were forced to call in the administrators on June 19 and have been charged with an alleged breach of disciplinary rule 14, which relates to suffering an insolvency event.

A principal hearing date of Thursday, July 18 has been set and Hearts have until Monday, July 8 to respond to the complaint issued by the SFA's compliance officer.

The crisis-hit Jambos now face an anxious wait to discover if sanctions will be imposed as a result of the club's financial situation.

Possible punishments by the SFA could include a fine or suspension or termination of membership from the governing body.

Hearts already face the prospect of beginning the first Scottish Professional Football League season with a 15-point penalty for moving into administration.

The threat of court action over a partially-paid £100,000 tax bill sparked the decision to place Hearts into administration last month, with BDO taking over the running of the club.

The Gorgie outfit owe £25million to Lithuanian companies UBIG and Ukio Bankas.

UBIG is waiting to be put into administration after its assets were frozen, while Ukio Bankas will soon be liquidated after a Kaunas court declared it insolvent.

Administrators urged fans to buy 3,000 more season tickets within two weeks, a period which ends on Friday evening, and the club reported today that sales are approaching the 2,000 mark. BDO has set a date of Friday, July 12 for interested parties to submit offers for the club.

Source: PA