Motherwell manager Stuart McCall believes the ongoing financial turmoil at Hearts under majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov is unfair on their players and staff.
McCall has sympathy for those at the Gorgie club who are having to work under difficult conditions but believes there does have to be some sanctions.
"I think there's got to be something," he said. "For the club itself, it's deeply disappointing for the Hearts players, staff and supporters to see what's going on there."
He added: "They certainly came through it last season, winning the Scottish Cup in style. They've got experienced players and they've still got a lot of strength."
The Edinburgh club have again failed to pay monthly wages on time, with boss John McGlynn and six first-team players given assurances that their overdue salaries would be delivered by the close of business on Friday.
Wages were delayed four times last season and September's breach triggered a transfer embargo under new Scottish Premier League regulations, with the SPL board set to discuss the situation at Hearts at a meeting on Monday.
Motherwell prepare to return to action following the international break having been idle longer than most, after their SPL clash with Dundee United at Fir Park was postponed due to a power failure.
McCall said: "It's not something we really wanted. We were all ready for the Dundee United game but it was just one of those things. There was no-one to blame.
"It's been a long time but the lads have looked sharp in training this week.
"The game can't come quick enough now and I'm sure everyone is looking forward to it."