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Hearts to take legal route over Scottish Premiership relegation - Glasgow News

Glasgow, June 15 (IANS) Scottish Premiership side Hearts have started a legal challenge against their relegation after clubs failed to back league reconstruction, a statement from them said on Monday.

Updated Jun 15, 2020 13:52 PM

Hearts to take legal route over Scottish Premiership relegation - Glasgow News

"To say we are disappointed, yet sadly not surprised, at this outcome is, of course, an understatement. We have, from the outset, worked tirelessly with fellow clubs and the SPFL Board to try to find a solution that would right the most obvious wrongs that have been caused in Scottish football by decisions taken as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic," the statement on the club's official website, heartsfc.co.uk, read.

"Hearts, along with many others, have stated repeatedly that no club should be disproportionately disadvantaged because of this crisis. This was the final opportunity for kinship to prevail and for Scottish football to stand together in an emergency. It is an unfortunate condemnation of Scottish football that this was not possible.

"We thank those who were open minded, pragmatic and willing to come together to try and reach a fair outcome for all. Sadly, there were too few of us.

"Now that all other avenues are closed, we are left with no choice but to proceed with a legal challenge.

"The club has tried throughout these last few months to avoid this course of action but we must now do the right thing by our supporters, our employees, our players and our sponsors, all of whom have been unwavering in their commitment and support. We can hold our heads up high as we have acted at all times with integrity, common sense and with the best interests of Scottish football at heart."

The club along with Partick Thistle and Stranraer FC have had their demotions confirmed after only 16 SPFL clubs indicated they would support an expanded top flight.

"We have stated from the beginning that the unjust and unfair treatment of Hearts, Partick Thistle, Stranraer and indeed other clubs cannot be allowed to go unchallenged. While many weeks have been wasted in trying to find a solution, we must now formally challenge this outcome," the statement added.

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