Hearts fine Kingston
Hearts today confirmed midfielder Laryea Kingston had been fined the maximum four weeks' wages following a breach of club discipline.
The Jambos said the player had been punished for "unacceptable conduct" in the period following last month's Clydesdale Bank Premier League game at St Johnstone.
Hearts revealed the fine was not related to Kingston's decision to play twice for Ghana during the recent international break despite being declared injured by the club. But they would not elaborate further on the reasons behind the punishment.
A statement on the club's official website read: "The penalty reflects the seriousness of the disciplinary breach and is the maximum that could be imposed in line with the SPL guidelines."
Today's news casts further doubt on Kingston's future at Tynecastle. Laszlo last week vented his fury when Kingston claimed he would always put his country before his club.
That was after he played for Ghana twice earlier this month despite having not made an appearance for Hearts this season due to a knee injury. The 28-year-old's attitude prompted Laszlo to brand him an "amateur" and offer to show him the door at Tynecastle if he did not commit 100 per cent to the club.
Kingston hit back by accusing Laszlo of using his commitment to Ghana against him and claiming he had no intention of backing down in the row.
"If the coach has a problem with me, he should simply say so and not use my national team commitment against me," Kingston said at the time. I have played for a lot of clubs but I can play for only one national team. I am like a soldier who must stand up for his country at any time."
Kingston played the final quarter of Ghana's win over Sudan on 6 September, a victory which secured the Black Stars a place in next summer's FIFA World Cup™ finals in South Africa.
The player, who missed the 2006 FIFA World Cup through suspension, also started the following Wednesday's friendly against Japan in the Netherlands.
It was the second time in less than a year Kingston, whose Hearts contract expires next summer, had appeared to defy his club by turning up for international duty after being declared injured.