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Hearts have SPL charges dropped

Heart of Midlothian have seen the charges laid on them by the Scottish Premier League dropped.

Earlier this month, the Edinburgh club were charged for an alleged breach of rules over the delayed payment of player wages but the SPL have decided to dismiss the accusation after Hearts owners complied.

"The Scottish Premier League today announced that the charge against Heart of Midlothian FC for an alleged breach of SPL Rule A3.1 has been dismissed," read the statement.

"An SPL Board sub-committee determined that for the club to have complied with the order of 4th January, it had to have the players' wages in the players' bank accounts and available for their use by not later than midnight on 16th January.

"In fact the wages did not reach the players' bank accounts until the morning of 17th January.

"However, the SPL Board sub-committee found that the club's directors believed that, by irrevocably instructing their bank on 16th January, that was sufficient to make payment and comply with the order.

"Because the club's directors believed that they were complying with the order, Heart of Midlothian were acting in good faith. Accordingly the charge against the club was dismissed."

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