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Romanov: Hearts Players All Paid, Tax Debt Remains

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Romanov: Hearts Players All Paid, Tax Debt Remains - Sputnik International
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Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov told RIA Novosti on Wednesday that all wage arrears with the debt-stricken Scottish club have been settled, but admitted to an outstanding tax bill that threatens their future.

Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov told RIA Novosti on Wednesday that all wage arrears with the debt-stricken Scottish club have been settled, but admitted to an outstanding tax bill that threatens their future.

British tax authorities lodged a petition with a Scottish court earlier this week saying Hearts had eight days to settle the bill, reported to be around 150,000 pounds, or face liquidation.

"I don't know what's going on at Hearts, I'm not in Scotland at the moment," Romanov told RIA Novosti. "All monies due to the footballers have been paid. It's probably just that the tax service hasn't been paid," he said.

This week's ultimatum is the third move to wind up the club in four months. The club fended off liquidation attempts in August, November and December after tax bills were settled at the last minute.

A Hearts statement released Tuesday said the club was 'confident' the latest debt would be paid in time.

Hearts players have suffered late wages since October.

Romanov put Hearts up for sale in November along with Belarus' Partizan Minsk and Lithuanian side FK Kaunas, saying he wanted to leave the football business and buy a theater.

Last week, authorities in Belarus expelled Partizan Minsk from the Top League due to Romanov's refusal to keep bankrolling the team.

 

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