Newco did not disappoint with last night’s statement, it was as incoherent, angry and contradictory as you would expect. They claim:
“We are extremely concerned that member clubs were not provided with enough information, or time, to allow them to make fully informed decisions”.
They were allowed 28 days to ask for as much information as they wanted before voting! Newco and most others were able to respond within two days – by choice.
“We are aware several club directors claimed they were being bullied”.
Several people we are not naming were bullied by someone we are not naming. This is like the evidence of wrongdoing they say they have but would rather not show anyone. To quote their founding manager, “Who are these people?”
They want to sound hard but have chosen to shut up instead of revealing anything – nice one.
“Addressing the [financial hardship of many of our clubs]was one of our primary objectives and the resolution we presented could and should have been progressed”.
“The SPFL chose to obstruct our resolution”.
“The fact that this solution was not afforded sufficient consideration defies belief”.
An independent QC was employed to examine their resolution and found it was not competent and could not be put to members. They claim to want independent oversight but completely ignore independent oversight has happened.
“There is precedent within Scottish football that a league must not be compromised by changing the rules during the course of the competition.”
Again, a claim shrouded in innuendo, this time an unexplained precedent. If I was a betting man, I would say they forgot the league schedule was extended in 2008 to accommodate Oldco (I regularly hear of this amnesia), and are referring to the fact that it was not extended as long as they wanted.
“The anger of our fans is understood and shared by our Board, who continue to examine all legal options available.” Newco do so well in court, the SPFL board must be terrified.
The statement confirms they have a problem accepting rules. An independent QC explained to Newco MD Stewart Robertson and the rest of the SPFL board why Newco’s resolution could not be pursued. Robertson was asked if there was anything more he wanted to ask and if he felt the matter had been given sufficient consideration by the SPFL board.
It was not the SPFL board, the chief exec, a retained solicitor or any other malign foe who stopped their resolution, it was an independent QC. These are the rules, they were independently enforced, accept them.
Remember this SPFL vote did not end the Premiership season, all it did was ensure the season will not be voided, all other options remain on the table. It’s not much of a hill to stand and fight on in these difficult times.