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Hearts boss urges players not to sign collective agreement

Heart of Midlothian manager Paulo Sergio yesterday urged his players not to sign a collective agreement which would allow them to leave the club for free in January according to SunSport.

Hearts players have not been paid last month's wages as owner Vladimir Romanov struggles with his finances and it had emerged that the 'club are in fundamental breach of their players' contracts if they continue to refuse to pay up'.

Such a ruling from FIFA would allow any player to leave Tynecastle in the January transfer market for nothing rather than be sold, which would certainly hurt Romanov who requires much-needed funds to get things back on track.

But Sergio has persuaded the players to continue on as they are and not lodge an official protest through PFA Scotland.

"Paulo, on behalf of the club, promised the players that they will be paid. Although no date was specified, the players trust their manager's word and as a gesture of good faith agreed to postpone their complaint," read a PFA statement.

This news has buoyed the Players Union with chief Fraser Wishart commending Sergio's tact.

"I am delighted the pressure applied by the union has led to a commitment by the manager. Our members have no wish to resort to legal action, they simply want paid," he said.

"They have shown a great deal of professionalism. If, however, the salaries are not forthcoming they reserve the right to take any action required."

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