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Volume 6 No. 212


Scottish Premier League side Heart of Midlothian will discover on July 18 what punishment it is to receive from the Scottish FA for entering administration, according to Stephen Halliday of the SCOTSMAN. A formal notice of complaint from Scottish FA compliance officer Vincent Lunny "was issued to the Tynecastle club yesterday for their breach of disciplinary rule 14 by suffering an insolvency event." Hearts have until next Monday "to respond to the complaint with the hearing date at Hampden" set for July 18. The potential sanctions for being found guilty, "which is a formality in this case with Hearts having voluntarily entered administration" on June 19, are the "suspension or termination of full membership of the SFA or the imposition of a fine." Club administrator BDO partner Bryan Jackson "has already stated that any monetary sanction handed down by an SFA judicial panel 'could be a disaster' in terms of the bid to save the club" (SCOTSMAN, 7/1).

La Liga side Malaga VP Abdullah Ghubn has returned to the club's headquarters after more than a year of absence and will have meetings with Exec VP Moayad Shatat, according to José Carlos Barbado of MUNDO DEPORTIVO. One thing Ghubn "wants to discuss is the purchase of La Rosaleda Stadium." Malaga, Spain Mayor Francisco De La Torre has considered the possibility of negotiating a sale of the stadium, although it is co-owned by the government of the Andalusian region of Spain and the Malaga Provisional Council. Ghubn "is also expected to discuss the construction of The Academy, a headquarters for Malaga's grassroots football organization." Ghubn and Shatat will also meet with Malaga Dir General Vicente Casado and coach Bernd Schuster to build the roster according to the owners' new economic plans (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 7/2).