Fraser Wishart
15th December 2011


A meeting took place today between Hearts players remaining unpaid and PFA Scotland.

The outcome is that those members who remain unpaid have given written authority to PFA Scotland to lodge a complaint for the delayed and non payment of their salaries. The players also mandated PFA Scotland to represent them legally both outwith and within the football industry.

PFA Scotland Chief Executive Fraser Wishart is pleased with the outcome and the news that the club has part paid the outstanding salaries.

” It is welcome news that the players have received part of the monies outstanding to them. Throughout this whole process they have been thoroughly professional and focussed in their outlook.

“The members have however mandated that should they not be paid fully up to date by tomorrow (16th December) a collective complaint to the Scottish Premier League will still to be lodged. It is our hope that the salaries will be paid fully and no further action is necessary”

Wishart spoke about recent comments and opinion made on the players contractual situation.

” Many legal experts have been seen to give opinions on what the players should do and what the legal position is.  I think that the legal fraternity should be careful when offering such opinion from a distance  and with little knowledge of the players’ contractual position.

“What many of these experts do not have is an intimate knowledge of the football regulations and the impact that breaching a contract will have. A players’ employment is multi layered with employment law, Scottish football regulation and those of FIFA all having a massive impact.

In Wishart’s opinion this matter will be resolved by football regulations whilst taking cognisance of the law of the land.

“Our members therefore have access to an unrivalled service. For employment law they will be guided by our Accredited Law Specialist Margaret Gribbon of Bridge Litigation, while with regard to Scottish football the team at PFA Scotland have an intimate knowledge of the game here.

When you then add the exclusive access to the FIFPro legal team who deal with disputes under the FIFA regulations on a daily basis then you can see why the players indeed trust their union’s advice

It is always sad when former players allow themselves to get involved in criticising the role of PFA Scotland. Two former players chose to do so this week; neither was a particularly strong union member in their day yet with no knowledge of the law felt the need  to have their say. One, when challenged, didn’t even know that PFA Scotland is now an independent union of some 5 years!”

PFA Scotland will continue to advise members on what is best for them and the Hearts players know they have access to a unique support network and their implicit trust is welcome.