The Scottish FA have issued a notice of complaint to First Division side Dunfermline for failing to pay Hamilton Accies its share of gate returns for the Scottish Cup tie back in February, a game which Accies won 2-0.
The Pars are accused of breaching Scottish Cup rules 46 (c)(3) and (e).
Cup Competition Rule 46 (c) (3): When, after repayment of the levy and of the deduction foresaid, half of the remainder of the receipts exceeds the guarantee, the said remainder of the receipts shall be divided, equally, between the two clubs.
Cup Competition Rule 46 (e): The share of the receipts, or the guarantee, should be paid, in cash, on the day of the match, unless any agreement is made to the contrary.
Hamilton should have received the money due to them no later than Wednesday 6th February, as many clubs now send the funds by bank transfer, rather than stick strictly to the Cup rules to hand over cash on the day.
Scotzine have learned that the Scottish FA have not received their 5% share of the gate money either, which they should have received no later than Wednesday 6th February also.
The East End Park side informed Accies on the Monday after the game, how much the gate return was, but nine days later the New Douglas Park side still had not received anything from their First Division rivals.
Despite further correspondence sent to the Pars, it took them until the 18th February to respond – a full five days after being sent a query on the funds.
A Pars representative informed Accies that, ‘they were waiting on money from another club who owe them gate receipts. Until they are paid they cannot pay’. This certainly didn’t wash with Accies and they informed the Pars that they had 24 hours to pay the money owed.
Three days later there was no response nor money from Dunfermline and the Scottish FA received Hamilton Accies’ complaint about the Pars failure to pay on the 21st February. Since the game, no club official – bar the initial correspondence over gate returns – has contacted Accies over the issue.
A principal hearing date set for 21 March.
News of this notice of complaint comes on the same day that Pars chairman Gavin Masterton announced his resignation from the Board of Directors, once the share issue has completed.