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Hearts players threatening to quit as Tynecastle crisis deepens

Heart of Midlothian players are threatening to walkout of the club in January if they do not receive unpaid wages.

The financial situation at the Edinburgh club, owned by Vladimir Romanov, continues to worsen with news that senior players have indicated they will tear up their current contracts on January 14 if what they are currently owed is not paid.

Hearts players received their October salaries late, have received just £1000 of November's wages and it is unsure if they will even collect anything for December with an unnamed player stating that most of the squad will walk away if things don't change.

"As far as we are concerned, we all become free agents on January 14," said the source.

"We wish it was all over but now it has gone on this long most of us are hoping they don't pay up before then because we just want out.

"Myself and a lot of the boys would like to walk out now.

"But if I do then there is a chance they could take me to court for breach of contract.

"But if we wait the 90 days, then we can go to FIFA and hopefully they will agree we can terminate our contracts.

"There's no way they should be allowed to get away with this and, in any other walk of life other than football, they wouldn't.

"But the SPL and SFA have just sat back and watched it happen.

"We'll be lucky if no one has a house seized by the bank. Everyone talks about fair trade and civil rights but we are Romanov's slaves."

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Andrew Slevison
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