Rival club lodge formal complaint with SPFL amid rage at Rangers  - report
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Hearts lodge formal complaint with SPFL amid rage at Rangers - report

Hearts have reportedly lodged a formal complaint with the SPFL over Rangers and Celtic’s controversial approach to away allocations [Daily Mail].

SPFL rules state that home clubs must make provisions for the admission of a ‘reasonable’ number of away fans at all matches.

Only Rangers fans have been attending Premiership fixtures at Ibrox so far this season. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, when Covid restrictions were put in place at stadia, it was accepted that an allocation of zero could be regarded as ‘reasonable’.

Rangers and Celtic have both taken advantage of that by locking out away fans, infuriating Hearts and Motherwell.

No Motherwell fans were at Ibrox for their 1-1 draw with the Gers in the Premiership in September, while no Hearts fans were permitted at Parkhead in August for their 3-2 defeat to the Hoops in the Premier Sports Cup.

The Jambos have also been told that they won’t have an allocation for their trip to Govan in the league after the upcoming international break.

Hearts have made a complaint to the SPFL as the backlash to Rangers and Celtic’s approach escalates. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Both clubs wrote to the SPFL seeking clarity earlier this week [Daily Mail] and with Hearts deeming the league body’s response unsatisfactory, they have now reportedly lodged a formal complaint.

Hearts reportedly lodge complaint with SPFL ahead of Rangers trip

Hearts lodging a complaint at this stage, 14 days or more before the fixture in question, ensures that the SPFL board will now have to decide what they deem to be a ‘reasonable’ away allocation, with that decision final and binding.

As a result, it’s now all eyes on the league body, to see if they back Rangers and Celtic’s recent approach or opt to side with the Edinburgh club.

The SPFL’s failure to satisfy Hearts with their initial response suggests that they aren’t strongly against what the Old Firm clubs have been doing.

However, it’s likely that they will now take a middle ground of sorts by ordering that Hearts be issued with some tickets but substantially less than would have been provided pre-Covid.

Rangers take on Hibernian at Ibrox on Sunday and a high-quality RangersTV lineup has been confirmed for the coverage.

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