SCOTLAND’S football clubs have been warned they will face having to pay out tens of millions of pounds in compensation to fans and broadcasters if this season is declared null and void.
The game is currently in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and teams now anxiously await news on how the football bosses intend to proceed. during an unprecedented crisis.
The SPFL, who suspended all professional football until further notice on Friday in conjunction with the SFA, will make a decision this week after receiving guidance from UEFA.
The prospect of the governing body declaring Celtic champions and relegating Hearts has divided opinion among the clubs.
The eight-in-a-row champions are 13 points ahead of Rangers with eight Premiership games to play while the Edinburgh side, who have toiled all season, are bottom four points adrift of Hamilton Accies.
Dr Dan Plumley, a senior lecturer in sport business at Sheffield Hallam University, believes there will be dire financial consequences for clubs if they attempt to scupper the entire campaign.
In a report in the Evening Times, he said: “I am convinced that at the minute all the clubs, all the governing bodies, everyone with a vested financial interest in this, will be trying to get this season completed either in the summer or when there is a window to do it.
“Financially, that has to be the ideal situation because effectively cancelling a full season does have repercussions.
“Fans will say: ‘We have given you money for a season that you have now declared void – we want a full refund on that because the games effectively haven’t taken place’.”
He added: “There have been some rough estimates with regards to TV deals. La Liga have come out and said if the season was to be cancelled now they would be looking at (paying back) £750million against the broadcasting deal. The Premier League in England would be similar.
“These are just estimates because nobody knows how this is going to pan out, but we are certainly not talking small numbers.”