PFA Scotland has welcomed the news that Hearts have settled all outstanding administration debts owed to their players.
The club has now fully paid all salaries due from the Romanov regime prior to administration and to the five players made redundant – including John Sutton and Andy Driver – during the administration process.
PFA Scotland were called in by the players when the Tynecastle club were on the brink of administration in June 2013 to look after the welfare and rights of their members.
They were involved in crucial behind the scenes talks with administrator BDO and league bosses to ensure any purchase agreement clearly stated that debts to players had to be met.
That debt has now been settled in full by new owner Ann Budge as of the end of November 2014 with a substantial six figure sum paid to those players affected.
Fraser Wishart, Chief Executive of PFA Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to hear our members have received all the outstanding monies owed to them.
“Hearts have been great to deal with and settled these debts very quickly. Ann Budge and her team have dealt with the matter in a courteous and professional manner which has led to these debts being settled in a short period of time.
“As a union we have fought hard to ensure that monies owed to our members are viewed in the same way as monies owed to other clubs, i.e. what is commonly known as “football debt”. There is no provision within the standard players contract to allow for unilateral termination by a club using the administration process and therefore terminating a player’s contract in this way is viewed as an ordinary wrongful breach of contract. In recent administrations our members at Dundee and Dunfermline have also had monies owed to them paid as part of the CVA and purchase agreement.”
In the last 15 years, Fraser Wishart and PFA Scotland have represented its members in administrations at various clubs including Rangers, Motherwell, Airdrieonians and Livingston.