Heart of Midlothian FC’s Europa League fixtures against FC Infonet are now scheduled to take place on Thursday 30 June at Tynecastle, kick off 8:00pm, and Wednesday 6 July in Tallinn, kick off 18:45 (EET) / 4:45pm UK time.
Clearly this represents a change both from the original draw details and also from the updated position released by the Club on Monday afternoon; the away fixture now being held on Wednesday 6th July, rather than Thursday 7th July, as previously advised.
The Club apologises sincerely for the inconvenience caused to supporters by this misinformation. How did this happen?
Following the draw our representatives in Nyon were informed that there was a potential issue due to the number of Estonian teams scheduled to play in Tallinn on the same evening, and indeed in the Champions League, and that we should reconvene at 4.30pm CET to hear from the UEFA competitions committee who would decide if any games required to be moved. We immediately put a note on the website to advise supporters of this.
At this reconvened meeting, we were informed by the competitions committee representatives that our drawn fixtures would be reversed; that this was a final decision, which was not open for discussion; and that the finalised list of all fixtures would be sent out to all participating clubs later that evening.
Having been assured that all deliberations of the competitions committee had been concluded, and decisions taken were final, we released this information to our supporters.
No further communication was received from UEFA to the Club prior to them issuing their finalised list of fixtures, which showed that a further change had in fact been made, moving our Away leg from Thursday 7th to Wednesday 6th. This change was made without any reference to either Hearts or indeed FC Infonet.
As a result of these discussions, the Club has requested that the Scottish FA make representation to UEFA, recommending that the communication process between participating clubs, their national associations and UEFA be reviewed and improved moving forward.
The Club considers its communication with supporters to be of the utmost importance. In this instance the Club can only repeat its apologies for the inconvenience that these events have caused and trust that supporters will recognise that we did everything possible to provide timely and accurate information to our supporters, including sending representatives to Nyon.
Further ticketing details for the away fixture in Tallinn will be provided in due course.