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DEE-DAY DELAY DILEMMA (ctd)

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SO-CALLED Dee-Day came and went without Dundee casting their vote that would have settled the ongoing turmoil in Scottish football.

The Des Park club missed out casting their vote on Friday that would have brought a halt to the three divisions outwith the Premiership.

A decision on the top flight was due to be called later in the month with the inevitability of the campaign coming to a premature conclusion due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That would have undoubtedly led to Celtic being awarded their ninth successive title while they occupied top place in the league with a 13-point advantage with only eight games to go.

Of the 42 SPFL member clubs, the Tayside outfit now have the fate of the football bosses’ proposal in their hands

If they vote no – and side with Partick Thistle and Inverness Caley Thistle in the second tie – then the proposal will fail and the SPFL board and the clubs will need to get back around the table and hatch a new plan.

The Dens club’s original intention was to go against the resolution, but their form didn’t arrive at the SPFL and they then told the governing body to ignore any notification from them on the day.

It was believed club chief Jon Nelms was planning to perform a dramatic u-turn and vote yes to push the plans through and call a halt to the term. Such an action would relegate the Firhill side and Stranraer, as well as potentially Hearts with 80 per cent of SPFL clubs having voted yes.

However, in yet another twist in what is developing into a farcical situation, the Championship side insist they need more time to deliver their verdict. However, they did manage to put together a statement to inform football they would be issuing a statement!

With the rest of Scottish football holding its breath, the dithering Dens side said: “Following a weekend of discussion and contemplation, we would like to issue the following statement.

“As we made clear in our statement on Friday afternoon, it is a time for integrity and impartiality within Scottish football. Our view on that has not changed.

“Over the past few days, we have entered into various positive discussions with reconstruction at the forefront of these.

“Given our discussions and considering all aspects, we don’t feel we are in a position to comment further on the resolution that was put forward.

“We understand that this may bring more questions than answers and we will look to give a much more substantial account of the past few days at the conclusion of this process.

“Our supporters should know that we are, as always, looking out for the best interests of both Dundee Football Club and Scottish football as a whole.”

Watch this space.

 
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