Well, tonight the SPFL has written to every club in the land and delivered an absolutely devastating response to Sevco’s moon howling behaviour. Honestly, this is one of the most hard-hitting responses I’ve seen from the governing bodies in ages.
It’s even better in that it seems to take a swing at the delusional halfwit at The Sunday Mail who wrote an article this morning calling for the “null and void” option to be utilised by reminding people that there is no prospect of prize money being paid out before the final positons are confirmed.
Tonight Sevco has raged back, ranting about loans being available – which kind of defeats the point about their pitiful motion – and renewing their demand for an investigation.
Their behaviour is becoming deranged. How many statements is that now?
Five isn’t it?
Over the course of a few days.
About a situation where they have absolutely nothing at stake.
They are out of the race. We’re 13 points clear with eight games left.
Their season ended when Hearts dumped them out of the Scottish Cup … and now, with this crisis set to go on and on and where there’s only one clear outcome, they are choosing to obsess over minutia and to push for the one position that is completely off the table.
The SPFL has responded to Sevco’s bizarre ranting in four ways.
First it scotched the nonsense from Sevco over the issue of their proposed resolution.
Remember, the club has accepted – admitting it in their first rambling statement – that they knew their initial proposal wasn’t up to snuff. Now the SPFL has said that their lawyers offered to talk the club through it and help them get into better form and this was refused.
So the resolution itself appears to have been a bizarre smokescreen, and their club appears to confirm this tonight having now accepted that the basis of it is ridiculous. It’s perfectly obvious what this is all about, and what they are up to here, but how they thought they could get away with it without the governing body calling them on it … it boggles the mind.
The statement also hits out at all the conspiracy theory nonsense by clarifying what happened with the voting.
This is particularly important as it knocks on the head some of the outright bollocks being talked and not only on the more fevered Sevco fan forums … I heard Tom English and others pushing the same kind of garbage on Radio Scotland last night.
The swipe at Sevco is delicious; “I wrote to Mr Park on Saturday evening, requesting any material to support these allegations. I regret to inform you that, at the time of writing, I have received nothing from Mr Park. It is difficult to understand why Mr Park should not wish to share this alleged material with me.”
Finally, it tackles the prize money issue, and this is the final shot across the bow of those who would try to declare the season null and void whilst still wanting the money.
“It has been suggested that it is open to the SPFL Board to distribute end-of-season fee payments to clubs now, in the absence of league placings being finalised. That is simply not the case. For the board to be able to authorise end-of-season fee payments to clubs (amounting to £9.3million gross), final league placings MUST be determined. Those who have suggested that the SPFL may make such payments, without a line being drawn under Season 2019/20, are wrong.”
What he’s saying is that there’s not even any prospect of prize money being “loaned” to clubs unless there’s a definite end to the campaign in sight. It is the final nail in the coffin of the “null and void” brigade because if the season is declared void then there’s no prize money at all … the campaign has to come to some kind of close and final positions determined.
Tonight Hearts have come out “in support” of Sevco and are demanding league reconstruction; the desperation at these two clubs is palpable.
Sevco must be furious with Hearts stance though, because it makes it clear that if they are saved they’ll have no problem giving Celtic the title … Sevco really does stand alone on that one, and that’s the light we should all view them in.
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