Hearts plans to take legal action after being formally relegated from the Scottish Premiership in a decision they describe as “unfair”.
With the Scottish Championship, League One and League Two having already been canceled, the SPFL has confirmed that the Premiership will be immediately canceled on Monday, with the final standings calculated by points per game.
While Celtic eventually claimed the title, Hearts – who was four points behind closest rival Hamilton at the bottom of the Premiership – was relegated for the second time since 2014.
Hearts has since issued a statement, insisting that they should not be “penalized” because of the pandemic, adding that they will present an alternative resolution they deem more “pragmatic”.
The statement read as follows: “We have stated from the outset that we do not think it is fair that a club should be unfairly penalized because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It was previously stated that rebuilding the league would not generate enough support to get member clubs to vote. In the past few days, a number of positive talks have taken place with FBCL and member clubs, and this matter is currently under review.
“Hearts will shortly be submitting a member resolution which we believe is a pragmatic solution to the problems the game is currently facing and a way forward for the clubs to unite behind. We believe that this resolution, if supported, will provide an opportunity to avoid disproportionately disadvantaging – financially and otherwise – any club.
“As noted earlier, the club has taken legal advice throughout this process and continues to do so. We hope that the resolution under preparation will avoid having to take this route. Legal action would be both long and costly. the cost to the relegation club would outweigh these considerations. “
He added: “To our supporters, we thank you for being patient and continuing to support the club. We will continue to fight what we think is an unfair outcome. “