THE LEGAL case against the SPFL brought to the Court of Session by Hearts and Partick Thistle is to be arbitrated by the Scottish FA, the court has ruled.

Lord Clark, who presided over proceedings in Edinburgh, dismissed the request put forward by Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers' representative for the case to be dismissed altogether.

But Lord Clark ruled that the matter must be decided by the SFA's judicial panel, as per the SPFL articles of association, citing Article 99 which states that members cannot raise legal proceedings without the express permission of the SFA.

In addition, Lord Clark granted the motion from Hearts/Partick Thistle for documents related to the dispute to be uncovered before the case is heard by the independent panel, arguing that the tribunal should be given full and proper disclosure.

Both Hearts and Thistle believe that the controversy surrounding Dundee's vote to end the 2019/20 season requires further scrutiny.

More to follow.