Hearts owner Ann Budge has confirmed that she plans on a legal war if it’s decided that the Jambos will be relegated.
The Tynecastle club face a nervy wait to see how the 2019/20 season pans out. With Scottish football on hold until further notice, one of the options mooted has been crowning Celtic champions and relegating Hearts, who sit bottom.
That isn’t fair according to Budge. She says that Hearts will fight their case in court as a predicament where they are demoted with games to fulfill isn’t right.
“Yes, I would have to, because I fundamentally disagree,” Budge told Sky Sports over whether they’d launch a legal battle. “I think if the season was deemed to be ended then you have to go back to the rules and the rules very, very clearly state that the competition comprises 38 games.
“Clearly we all know that we have not played 38 games so I don’t think it’s as simple as somebody can say ‘let’s just doom everything to be as it is and take it from there.’ I don’t think that’s reasonable.
“I’d love to be able to finish the season but if we can’t then I think we need to be pragmatic about it and take a view on premature ending.”
Might get ugly
Clearly, the Hearts owner is not entertained by suggestions her team could be relegated with games to spare. Whilst they are stranded at the bottom by four points, a couple positive results is all it takes to get them off bottom.
They have every reason to feel aggrieved about the thought of relegation after 30 games. It’s a tricky predicament for Scottish football’s high powers as they look for a best-case scenario out of a number of horrible situations.
But it’s unlikely everyone will be pleased – and Hearts will fight back furiously if decisions go against them.