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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 September, 2004, 11:06 GMT 12:06 UK
Hearts consider pitch plan
Tynecastle Stadium
Hearts chairman George Foulkes says the club will consider a proposal by the man who designed Tynecastle to adapt the venue to meet Uefa requirements.

The club will play their European home games at Murrayfield this season as the Tynecastle pitch is too short.

But Jim Clydesdale revealed for the first time on Monday that the pitch could be altered successfully.

"We're leaving all options open for the working party to consider," Foulkes told Hearts' official website.

The club's chief executive Chris Robinson has long maintained that one of the reasons for moving Hearts away from Tynecastle was the impossibility of lengethening the pitch because of the proximity to the floodlights at each corner.

But while the Tynecastle pitch is two metres shorter than the Uefa minimum of 100 metres, it is four metres wider than the minimum of 64 metres.

Jim Clydesdale's point needs to be looked at further
Hearts chairman George Foulkes
Clydesdale said at an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders to vote on the stadium's sale on Monday night that the pitch could be narrowed and lengthened, thus eliminating the problem.

"This was the first time I was aware of the point he made about the corner flags and that is something we can discuss from now on," added Foulkes.

Supporters at the EGM were further angered by the fact that French team Auxerre have been given special dispensation by Uefa to play their games at home, despite a similar problem to Hearts'.

The sale of Tynecastle to property developers Cala was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.

Hearts play their first game at Murrayfield on Thursday in the Uefa Cup tie against Braga.

If the sale of Tynecastle goes through, the club will play all of their home games at Murrayfield next season.





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