SWF Statement – Heart of Midlothian v Hutchison Vale


The Appeal’s Committee of the Board of Scottish Women’s Football (SWF) yesterday considered Heart of Midlothian’s appeal against the Perform and Win Committee’s decision, communicated on Monday 7th October.

Having listened carefully to all of the submissions, including written and also having considered the terms of the League and Cup Competition Rules 10(f)(g) and (h), the Appeals Committee did consider that there were extenuating circumstances here and as such decided to set aside the decision of the Perform and Win Committee to the following extent:

  • By recalling the award of the unplayed fixture 3 – 0 win in favour of Hearts Women FC.
  • By substituting the decision that the match be replayed.
  • By referring matters back to the Perform and Win Committee to arrange the replayed fixture noting that the date of Sunday, 10 November 2019 is available.
  • By reducing the fine imposed by the Perform and Win Committee on Hutchison Vale to the activated suspended fine of £500 only dated 9 May 2019 in addition to Hearts Women FC’s venue hire charges from the scheduled fixture.

In reaching this decision the Appeals Committee also noted that if the fixture is not fulfilled, expulsion is a sanction available to the Perform and Win Committee in terms of League and Cup Competition Rule 10(h).

The result and league tables will be updated accordingly. SWF will make no further comment on this matter.