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Scottish Premier League side Heart of Midlothian is confident of paying an outstanding £100,000 ($155,550) tax bill "before being served with a winding-up order in court," according to Barry Anderson of the SCOTSMAN. The deadline for the unpaid Pay As You Earn amount was 5pm Monday, "and Tynecastle sources say the club will meet the obligation before the matter reaches Edinburgh’s Court of Session." As of Monday morning, "Hearts officials were unsure if the full amount would be raised" before close of business Monday. Should the deadline pass without payment, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs "will ask the courts to wind up the club." Hearts would then have a further eight days to pay the £100,000 "once the winding-up advert appears in the press." HMRC were expecting payment in full Monday and will not hesitate to begin the winding-up process Tuesday "if their deadline is not met by Hearts" (SCOTSMAN, 6/10).
FAN BUYOUT: STV's Graham Fraser wrote MP Ian Murray is behind a fans group trying to buy Hearts and "has urged all of the club's supporters to pledge whatever cash they can." Murray said that "fans need to continue their support of the Foundation of Hearts" as it emerged 4,000 pledges have now been made to the group. A fans meeting will be held at Tynecastle on Friday night, "with Vladimir Romanov's ownership of the club up for discussion." Murray, who is the Independent Chair of the Foundation, said, "We need people to continue to pledge as the more pledges we have got, the more we can either bid for the club, or the more chance we have got of making the bid for the club successful" (STV, 6/10). The PA reported efforts have been buoyed by the news that all four goalscorers from the '12 5-1 William Hill Scottish Cup final win over city rivals Hibernian "have vowed to support their cause." Rudi Skacel, Danny Grainger, Darren Barr and Ryan McGowan have given their backing, "and the Foundation is confident it will soon be able to lodge a formal offer" (PA, 6/10).
Spanish football club Elche President José Sepulcre, whose club just earned promotion to La Liga for next year, on Monday presented Elche's season ticket campaign, and said the club's objective is to reach 25,000 season ticket-holders, according to the EFE. The prices are going to be "very competitive" and advisor Lorenzo Campos said that "the strategy of Elche's administration council is to be 'the football team of reference in the Alicante province.'" Sepulcre: "There are a lot of people with passion for La Liga football and we should bring them to Martinez Valero Stadium. For this, we have planned an ambitious campaign, with competitive prices, to be the main team in the province" (EFE, 6/10).
La Liga side Espanyol has announced discounts and specials in its season ticket campaign for '13-14, with a slogan of "You are our life," according to the EFE. Espanyol season ticket-holders that have lost their jobs in '12-13 will receive a 25% discount. The club is also offering insurance for fans that are unemployed, on temporary disability or hospitalized. There will also be price reductions in many sections of Espanyol's Cornellá-El Prat Stadium. Espanyol will also "assume a higher VAT tax, which has increased from 18-21% on season tickets, and tickets for children will also receive discounts of up to 20%, with promotions for families." Espanyol President Joan Collet said the goal is "to once again have 30,000 season ticket holders and not let that number decrease again." Espanyol currently has 29,576 season ticket holders, 7,000 less than in '09-10 (EFE, 6/10).