Lockdown Shakedown and Scorched Earth Hokey Cokey
I’ve said on here before that we are in uncharted territory at the moment,and that football will take some time to get back to normal. If it ever does,of course-and that it will certainly be too late for some clubs. We are suffering from the fallout from a global pandemic,and as result it is the worldwide game which is in a dangerous flux.
This isn’t a problem unique to Scotland. Far from it. But our reaction to it so far might be.
Some countries haven’t made any decision about their senior game yet. Some have decided to call it quits for the season,with winners and losers declared and based on current league standings. A few have tried that or similar only to put that plan on hold again in the face of legal action.
We always like to be different in Scotland. Here,we decided on a vote amongst all 42 members. Not based on a simple minority,nor even on a set percentage of the votes,but on various and different percentages in each division. To add to the amusement factor,the bottom two divisions counted as one bloc for the purposes of the vote.
Oh,and clubs have 28 days to vote. They can vote anytime-and we would prefer them all in by 5pm tomorrow. But you can change your mind anytime in that 28 days. Unless you vote Yes,in which case you can’t.
Well,it was too difficult for Dundee,and they voted No,then didn’t vote at all or said that they did but didn’t and anyway the vote got lost somewhere and here’s a Yes vote. We know it’s five days late but we got confused. So the decision was made and the leagues were called as they stood at the time.
Except for the top one,because that was too difficult to figure out-even though the gaps between teams for title and relegation purposes were greater than in the lower leagues.
Now,with that level of confusion and simply laughable decision nonmaking,it provides ample opportunity for casual malice. Step up,Scotland’s very own World Champions in that particular event,this is you day. They want the top tier of the SPFL administration suspended for unspecified reasons,and they demand an EGM so they can have their cake and eat it. And they got the latter wish too,with the assistance of two other self-serving clubs who faced relegation unless prevented by some malfeasance or other.
Their motives for all of this? Well,nobody really knows. Like nobody really knows what the allegations are against the SPFL office bearers. The huns aren’t saying,because screaming the house down like a spoiled seven year old has done quite nicely so far,thank you. But you can bet your bottom dollar that the motive is even more self-serving than even that of Hearts and Stranraer.
Declaring the season null and void-very much their preferred option-has long been declared to be off the table,as it would leave the clubs open to compensation claims from sponsors,fans,advertisers,tv companies etc for a full refund on their expenditure for matches prior to the lockdown. It won’t stop the huns from reiterating that demand,and that it be put to a vote. Armageddon was a fashionable word eight years ago,but it would become a reality now if that were to occur.
The next step would be to demand that prize money be allocated based on current standings,but that titles be left undeclared. With the strong possibility of a League reconstruction which would remove the potential damage of relegated teams,that would be a winner for some. But it would be a line in the sand for Celtic,who would lose our title by default. I don’t think it likely to be voted through,because our board would have to go nuclear on that. No,I said yesterday that I believe the huns motive is to remove the statutory penalties for clubs going into administration. There are likely to be enough clubs who would be amenable to such a thing based on their own self-interest and precarious finances. There will be others who might agree simply to end the logjam. Some might even agree to it based on the long-discredited notion of The Blue Pound.
And some will probably agree against their better nature simply because they are aware that the huns are hell-bent on a scorched-earth policy otherwise. That they know they are FUBAR’d and the current attack by them on our national game is likely only to be the beginning,with a clear intention of causing as much damage as possible to the rest of the game as they sink once more beneath the waves,all the while singing Rule Britannia at the top of their voice.
They say that this is all about the integrity of the Scottish game. It most certainly is not. They couldn’t give a 4X about the Scottish game. They care only for themselves,and if they don’t get what they want,they are prepared to burn the house to the ground.
The SPFL has called an EGM for May 12. That means that the rest of Scottish football has two weeks to grow a pair. To put the huns back into their box,to throw the book at them for this entire scandalous episode. Let them burn their own house down,but do not let them ever again treat the rest of the game like this. Call them to account and ensure that they never again feel emboldened to threaten every club in the land in a self-protection racket.
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