Bad week for Hampden
It has been although they’ve seen much worse. Those tasked with running the national sport find themselves in the headlines once again, and its never positive with these guys. Plenty spin, deflection and agenda, but you’ll be looking a long time for something good to emerge from Hampdump.
Testing was never going to be easy in an unorganised backwater full of self interest, but with it being so important it was the one thing that must be done by the book, without any favouritism whatsoever, and that really should not need to be stated but should be expected.
Theres also governmental guidelines to take into account, and its speculation on my part but I believe the promise of robust and regular testing would have been at the heart of the decision to allow the league to begin next weekend.
Gov would have trusted the footballing authorities on this one critical point.
They have already been failed.
Its still preseason but protocols have failed, players and an official potentially exposed.
A backlog at the testing centre might well be true as I believe most are in backlogged, but the onus was on the organising clubs to ensure safety, and at the very least the ref could have asked to see all players test results before commencement.
Some people have gambled heavily here, and it may or may not backfire, but gambles were not supposed to be part of the equation at all, and as we all know you won’t be lucky all the time.
The SFA are involved now, have written to the host club for clarification, but will probably wait to see if any players get found positive post game before thinking about what to do.
With the seriousness of the offence, the possibility they may have just screwed the fixture list by getting teams quarantined, plus any potential legal claims for damages, the suits must be seen to be doing the right thing not only by fans but by Gov also.
This one might rumble on for a while, and might get blamed on unclearness of protocol, but it should not be allowed to get swept under carpet.
Gambling with others safety is simply unacceptable.
Then the SPFL board found out just how much trust the 42 clubs have regarding their decisions, zero.
Of course they wont care as they have brass necks, but after the clubs voted to keep voting instead of handing all major virus decisions over to the board one really must ask, are they needed at all?
I agree with clubs voting, despite the last vote turning into a farce, and although we see a lot of self interest the clubs in league 1 and 2 will know better what they need and don’t need than Doncaster and co.
Im glad they said eff off to Hampdump on this one.
And then the excellent report just released by Fanswithoutscarves linked below breaks down the SFA failure regarding the granting of the 2012 Euro licence to the Ibrox mob. Its fantastically detailed, researched, and frankly is a must read.
“ As fans of the game we deserve better for the teams we love. We deserve to be represented as stakeholders in the game both at the Regulator and within our own clubs. We deserve to have protections for our clubs from the excesses of nefarious owners.”
Considering this is put together by general supporters, hence the name, it shows that there are more than a few concerned at the direction the game is heading under the present set-up.
It will remain that way until we see true and proper reform.
As we head into what will be a forever remembered season one way or the other, there is not only history and titles on the line, there’s also public health.
Please stay safe everyone. Wear a mask.
The above is by Mahe.