Hearts players receive overdue wages

Hearts players have now received their overdue wages
Hearts players have now received their overdue wages

Hearts' first-team players have finally received salaries that were overdue from 16 October.

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

The frustrated players were ready to sign a letter of complaint addressed to SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster, asking him to intervene in the matter.

And the players' union had been exploring breach of contract issues.

It is not the first time Hearts have delayed payment of their staff and players but this episode marked the lengthiest period of uncertainty.

Hearts are over £30m in debt and BBC Scotland understands the Edinburgh club are aiming to reduce the wage bill dramatically in a major cost-cutting exercise.

Owner Vladimir Romanov this week expressed his reluctance to continue to plough money into the club and the Lithuanian-based banker may look to offload several high earners in the January transfer window.

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