Hearts have come to an agreement with Arbroath to postpone payment of money owed to the Second Division side over the Andy Webster transfer deal for a month.
The debt of around £15,000 is Arbroath’s cut of the deal that took Webster from Hearts to Wigan in 2006. Arbroath inserted a sell on clause into the deal which took the player to Edinburgh in 2001.
Arbroath secretary Garry Callon said: “We are due £14,437 plus VAT with the interest on top and we have been told that will be paid on January 9.”
Webster was with Hearts for five years before invoking a loophole in governing body FIFA’s contract law. This clause allowed the player to leave for a club outside Scotland if his current employers were given adequate notice.
He then signed for Wigan but his time at the JJB Stadium was hit by injury and he signed for Rangers a year later on loan before making a permanent move to the Glasgow club.
The delay in the payment comes amid fears of a cash crisis at Hearts. Earlier this month, players received their wages four days late and win bonuses were also due to them.
It is rumoured that the Jambos’ owner Vladimir Romanov is preparing to sell on some of the club’s top earners, such as captain Christophe Berra, in January to ease the cash-flow problems the club face.
The “malicious” vandal who had broken into Tynecastle Stadium over the weekend has been caught on CCTV footage.
A spokesman for the club said the surviliance cameras show just one culprit carrying out the vandilism.
He said: “We have CCTV surveillance. It’s likely that the person will be found. I think it was someone being malicious. There were cars in the car park overnight but nothing else was damaged. It seems to be someone who had a malicious streak.
The vandal had managed break into the stadium and damage both sets of heavy metal goal posts just hours before the start of Heart’s match against Falkirk.
An emergency maintenance team managed to repair the posts before kick off . They went on to win 2-1. He added: “We don’t know how they got in. The security at the club is very good, but sometimes when someone has a will to be malicious, it could be difficult to prevent it. We’re quite sure this will be a one-off. The matter is with the police now.”
A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said that they were investigating the vandalism.
Hearts fan Alex Robertson, 30, from Broughton, was at the match, and said the damage could clearly be seen from the stand.
He said: “You could see a bit of tape around the corners of the goalposts and the bar. It looked like it was quite heavily taped.
“It would have taken quite a lot of effort to break the cross bar. I think it was a Hibs fans with a drink in them.”