Poor discipline puts Hearts in line for £10,000 SFA fine

HEARTS are set to be hit with a £10,000 fine today when the SFA assesses clubs' mid-season disciplinary records.

The Tynecastle outfit were handed a record 50,000 penalty back in August when the statistics for last season were analysed, but 10,000 of that was suspended pending the disciplinary committee's consideration of the team's behaviour this term.

It is the fifth successive year Hearts have fallen foul of the authorities and with their match-day record having failed to improve they seem certain to be forced to pay their full sanction.

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Christian Nade became the eighth different player to be ordered off, either during or after matches this season, when he was sent packing in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Rangers, although one of those – Michael Stewart's dismissal in the acrimonious clash with Hamilton in December – was rescinded on appeal.

This puts Hearts level with Aberdeen for sendings off this season while the Gorgie club also have the most yellow cards; 44. Hibs, on 38, have the next most.