The SPFL has responded to the statement tonight from Douglas Park, wherein he slammed the governing body and accused them of all manner of crimes against his club.
The SPFL’s response was supposed to be robust and aggressive.
Instead, I found it laugh out loud hilarious because it expresses surprise at something that should have come as no surprise whatsoever.
Yesterday, when they made their announcement every single one of us presumed that the Ibrox club would be foregoing its sponsorship payments, since they aren’t actually participating in the contract.
Within an hour the media was being briefed that this was not so; whatever the outcome here, it was clear that Ibrox interpreted it as a victory … as many of us did.
And they were certainly spinning it that way.
Tonight, following Park’s deranged statement the SPFL has issued a statement in which it has said that it presumes that the non-disclosure agreement which the league, the SFA and the Ibrox club had in place no longer applies, since Ibrox is briefing the press on all manner of issues relative to it.
The naivety of these people is second only to their spinelessness.
How many lessons do these people require before they comprehend that Ibrox could not give two shits about agreements or contracts or handshake deals or anything else?
How many more times do they have to get pissed on before they stop standing under the stream?
Ibrox has made it clear over and over again how little they care about any of that.
So they broke a confidentiality agreement. It is the least of their offences.
If the SPFL had shown some balls in the first place and acted robustly, and sanctioned these people for stepping out of line, or at the very least booted the club’s representatives off the board then football governance in this country might not be in this sorry state.
Even tonight their statement is pitifully weak; they are asking Ibrox’s permission to consider the agreement null and void so they can get their side of the story out, although Ibrox isn’t giving a toss that it exists at all.
And when Ibrox actually tells them that no, they can’t disclose anything because that violates the contract what exactly are they going to do about it?
Nothing. That’s what.
When you put yourself in a weak position don’t be surprised when people treat you as if you are weak.
The SPFL’s statement tonight is toothless posturing.
Even now, when something that isn’t water is running down their faces they can’t bring themselves to get out of the way and do something about it.
Roll up your trouser leg and put yourself in the shoes of one of our “esteemed” officials for a day … take our quiz on You Are The Ref, and find out how well you understand the famous Lanarkshire rulebook …