Scottish FA take action against Dunfermline over unpaid Scottish Cup cash

Dunfermline's Joe Cardle (left) holds off Jonathan Page.
Hamilton Academical won the Scottish Cup fifth round tie 2-0.SNS Group

Dunfermline Athletic could be hit with Scottish FA sanctions after allegedly failing to pay Hamilton Academical their share of the gate from a Scottish Cup tie.

STV understands the Pars owe their counterparts nearly £6,000 from their fifth round tie at East End Park on February 2. Hamilton won the fixture 2-0.

Dunfermline have been issued with a notice of complaint by the governing body, accused of breaching rule 320, which states: "all clubs, officials, players or other persons under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall adhere to the Cup Competition Rules."

The home club in Scottish Cup matches is expected to share half of their gate receipts, minus the deduction of a levy. The amount falls due on the day of the fixture, unless an agreement is reached between both teams.

Dunfermline Athletic's case will be heard by a panel on Thursday, March 21.

The likely punishment if found guilty is a fine for the club. The maximum penalty available to the judicial panel is to expel Dunfermline from the competition.

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