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Hearts to soon learn wage punishment

Heart of Midlothian will learn this week what their punishment will be for again being late with player payments.

The Edinburgh club could not pay six senior players for September and now action could be taken against them to stop this from occurring in the future after a few similar instances in the past which netted them a transfer embargo.

The Jambos have been reprimanded and could even have points deducted but chief executive David Southern hopes the Scottish Premier League do not come crashing down too hard.

"If we are heard fairly and see a balanced approach I don't see a points deduction being appropriate or levelled at the club," he said.

"I believe that this was a very fair hearing. We pled guilty to the breach of the late September salaries. All that was discussed was the late September payment.

"It's very difficult times, we are actually talking about countries going out of business, never mind companies. It's difficult to predict the future, it's very difficult economic times not just for football clubs but for companies in general.

"We understand it's very important to pay wages on times and we'll do everything we possibly can but without a crystal ball it's very difficult.

"We need to make cuts where we can make cuts but it's very important we don't disturb the core of the business."

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