Scottish chief urges unity after reconstruction row
GLASGOW: Scottish Professional Football League director Neil Doncaster has pleaded with clubs to work together to overcome the coronavirus crisis after the reconstruction talks collapsed.
Various Scottish Premier League The clubs decided to block any plans to reform the leagues after the vote to cancel the Championship, League One and League Two seasons due to the pandemic.
Partick Thistle's relegation to League One now seems certain, while Falkirk will be denied promotion after finishing a point behind Raith Rovers when the pandemic stopped playing.
Hearts will be relegated if, as seems likely, the Premier is also abandoned.
The consequences have been bitter, with Falkirk claiming Scottish football it had turned into a total disaster, Partick Thistle called the Premier League clubs thoughtless and selfish and Hearts accused their rivals of disrespect.
Doncaster wants a show of unity to halt the fighting and on Sunday he told BBC Radio Scotland: "This is a passionate game and clearly when football is not being played and businesses in general are under massive pressure, you can expect passionate comments to be made.
I think it is unfortunate because passionate claims do not help the cause.
The more we have criticism and infighting, the harder it is because instead of working on a plan to get the games back on track, my team and I are appearing on shows like this trying to defend rather than get ahead and come back to turn on the games as soon as possible.
Clearly, no one expected that it would be necessary to draw a line under the lower league season at this stage due to the Covid-19 crisis, but we have to deal with the consequences.
Hearts have threatened a formal challenge if sent on a relegation, and Doncaster replied: Clubs should do what they feel is right for them, but ultimately, legal action against the league is legal action against the club.
Doncaster also denied the Rangers' claims that the SPFL had intimidated before the vote to cancel the lower leagues.
No club has reported harassment to me, and as far as I know (President) Murdoch MacLennan has not, he said.
Clearly, there are robust exchanges between clubs. We particularly knew at the Championship that these robust conversations were ongoing, but no one reported any intimidation to me.
But Inverness, who finished runner-up in the Championship but will likely be denied promotion, insisted they had evidence of intimidation.
Without going into detail at this time, please know that we will testify about the harassment and threats made against our club on Friday (April 10) by an SPFL board member and the threats against others by the same SPFL board member. . said the statement.
These threats were 'reported to the center' and to the SPFL CEO directly on the day with evidence in any genuine independent investigation to the appropriate and appropriate extent, if there is one, or in any subsequent subsequent action.
These were threats and not robust conversations.