Barr wants to repay boss and fans

  • Last Updated: October 23 2012, 17:37 BST

Hearts midfielder Darren Barr will continue to focus on football rather than financial matters despite the prospect of more action from the Scottish Premier League over wage delays.

Darren Barr: Focusing on football

On Monday Hearts were "reprimanded and warned" over late payments to some players and coaching staff in September, and face another SPL hearing on Wednesday over a similar offence this month.

The club say the issue has been dealt with - manager John McGlynn and six affected players got payments a week late - but a second offence could bring greater punishment.

However, Hearts brushed off the issue with a 1-0 win over Motherwell on Sunday, just as they did on several occasions last season, and Barr will continue to concentrate on football.

"That's all we can focus on," he said. "I know there is a lot of speculation and things going on but all we can do is think about getting three points because the gaffer and fans have been patient with us.

"We want to give something back and it's all about getting three points.

"It's just one of these things. All our focus is on getting three points and that should care of itself."

The SPL did not take into account the four delays last season, given the rule in question was introduced in the summer.

The club remains under an automatic transfer embargo with the sanction due to be reviewed by the committee on Thursday.

SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: "I think it's important we don't prejudge anything and hear what Hearts have to say. We don't know whether the charge is being admitted yet.

"So rather than prejudge the outcome of any hearing, I think it's important we sit down with a clear mind on Wednesday and judge any evidence on its merits."

  • Barr was launching the SPL's first charity weekend on December 8-9 in conjunction with commercial partner Weatherseal. Supporters can vote for their preferred charity on a dedicated website - www.weatherseal-charity.co.uk - before October 29.


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