Murdoch MacLennan’s Q&A, available here on BBC, and Neil Doncaster’s interrogations by various media yesterday, laid out the absurdity of the SPFL’s Trail Without Evidence. MacLennan wrote:
“I have been provided with no evidence whatsoever that any club has been bullied or coerced.
“In the absence of any such report, [Rangers (sic.)] alleging “bullying and coercion” risk bringing the game into disrepute and sowing further unnecessary division.
“The suggestion of issuing loans is a red herring……. The last loan made by the SPL was more than seven years ago, in unique circumstances to a single Member, secured against a personal guarantee given by a wealthy supporter.”
Ann Budge disputes the latter, in an attempt to sound more jaked that she probably was, she claims to have approved a loan to a club when on the SPFL board, but she cannot remember which club. Honestly, these people are being taken seriously in some places!
He goes into great detail about how and why matters progressed as votes came in on Good Friday. He responded to Partick Thistle’s horror at the financial consequences of relegation: “We have to remember that the league is a sporting competition. Each year we have promotion and championship wins for successful clubs, and regrettably relegation for the unsuccessful.” Pick that out of the net, Jacqui Low.
And still, 20 days on from the vote, no evidence of bullying or wrong-doing has been presented. The chairman is correct, the game has been brought into disrepute by one club, that should be brought to task. Newco know with 100% certainty they will lose their EGM vote, but still they prevaricate, perhaps wondering how they will sweeten the Surrender pill for their fans to swallow?