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Volume 10 No. 22


Scottish Premier League club Heart of Midlothian is "considering legal ­action" against Scottish Television after the broadcaster claimed on its website that staff at Tyne­castle had been told that the club "could go into administration," according to Stuart Bathgate of the SCOTSMAN. Hearts “vehemently refuted” the claim in a strongly worded statement on its own website, and suggested the story was an attempt to “destabilise” the club. A club spokesperson said, “There has been no staff meeting. Staff have not been informed the club could go into administration. As far as the club is concerned, this story is lacking in any foundation.” A member of Hearts staff went further on his Twitter account, saying the STV story was “utter, unadulterated horses***" (SCOTSMAN, 3/6).

TYNECASTLE CONFUSION: In Glasgow, Gary Ralston wrote "confusion reigns" at Tynecastle after Owner Vladimir Romanov and right-hand man Sergejus Fedotovas resigned from UBIG, which holds a majority share holding in the club. Fedotovas attempted to reassure fans by declaring it is "business as usual and the club is in no danger of going under." He said, “Changes at UBIG board do not reflect any changes in the holding structure of Mr Romanov’s ownership" (DAILY RECORD, 3/6).

Super League Salford City Reds Owner Marwan Koukash has called for a raising of the Super League salary cap to "enable him to pack his side with big-name players," according to Ian Laybourn of the London TELEGRAPH. Koukash said that his attempt to transform the club's fortunes are "in danger of being stifled by the cap on players’ wages, pointing to the disparities at the recent World Club Challenge to press his case for change." Koukash said, “How could the World Club Challenge be a fair contest when you’ve got Melbourne operating with a £3.5 million cap and Leeds operating on a £1.8 million cap? That’s not fair." Koukash has spoken about "trying to bring back the players the club lost during their financial troubles." He also wants the salary cap regulations amended so that exceptions could be made for “special players” and those from rugby union. He said, "If I want to recruit the best player in rugby league, I should be allowed to do so and clubs should be allowed to recruit one or two players -- special players -- from outside the cap. That way you could reverse the process of losing players to rugby union or even recruit the better players from rugby union" (TELEGRAPH, 3/5).