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‘INCALCULABLE’ COST TO THE GAME, INSIST SPFL

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SPFL bosses have called for a truce between warring factions as they prepare for the EGM on May 12.

The Hampden chiefs admitted in an open letter to its 42 member clubs it was concerned over issues over the recent vote that saw an end to the three divisions outwith the Premiership.

They also have the power to call a halt to the top flight if it is impossible to conclude the current campaign amid the turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Rangers’ push for an independent investigation into the vote to terminate the Championship, League One and League Two seasons will go before the summit conference next month.

The Ibrox club’s requisition was backed by Hearts, who could be relegated, and Stranraer, who face being demoted to League Two unless plans for league reconstructing gets the go-ahead in the summer.

Gers, the Edinburgh outfit and the Stair Park team will now need the support of 75 per cent of members to progress their requisition with the SPFL stating that should it fail – and should clubs then continue to push for an investigation afterwards – that the “cost to our game could be incalculable”.

There was also a further call from the SPFL for Rangers to provide the dossier of evidence which they claim shows there was impropriety in the voting process.

Six of seven clubs elected board members put their names to the letter but the one name missing was that of the Ibrox club’s managing director Stewart Robertson.

The SPFL letter read: “We now need reconciliation and contrition from all parties if we are to safeguard the future of Scottish football.

“We face huge challenges to ensure we can get the new season up and running on target and safely for all involved, and it is vital that all stakeholders collaborate and engage meaningfully with the Joint Response Group’s task force working groups, pooling our knowledge, experience and resources for the greater good.

“The SPFL board is dealing with a fast-moving set of circumstances, with a skeleton staff trying hard to prioritise matters.

“It’s an unenviable job, and we are sure the many fair-minded people in Scottish football fully understand this.

“All of the executive team retain our full support and admiration. Further recrimination and division will only decrease our chances of playing football matches in Scotland any time soon. The players, fans and officials deserve our best collective efforts.

“At a time when thousands of people in our communities are dying of Covid-19, Scottish football needs to reflect and consider how this looks to the outside world.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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