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SPFL HAVE ‘NOTHING TO FEAR’

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CHIEF executive Neil Doncaster insists the SPFL board have “nothing to fear” over the prospect of an independent investigation into the vote on calling an early halt to the domestic season.

Rangers called for an EGM following the protracted Dundee vote that originally appeared to be against the proposal, but, after missing the 5pm deadline, they apparently had a change of mind and agreed with the resolution five days later.

Hearts and Stranraer, who both face being relegated, backed the Ibrox side there is a prospect of a ballot on May 12, with 32 of the SPFL’s 42 clubs having to vote in favour for it to go ahead.

ADAMANT…Neil Doncaster makes his claim on video during his Sky Sports interview last night.

The governing body has questioned the need for that action after their own investigation, conducted by Deloitte, found “no evidence of impropriety”.

Doncaster, speaking on Sky Sports News, said: “We have nothing to fear whatsoever, we have had vague generalised allegations, but nothing specific.

“The independent members of the board can investigate if a specific allegation comes forward. I have total faith in my team at the SPFL, we have acted with integrity under time pressure.

“We want games to be played and to be talking about football. If there are any allegations to make, people should have the courage to bring them forward to the chairman to be investigated.

“All we have had in the past few weeks is vague assertions and demands for suspension of key employees.

“The Deloitte investigation, on the instruction of the independent directors, cleared me and my staff, no improper behaviour by them.”

Rangers, though, are adamant they possess a dossier of evidence on the contrary and are under increasing pressure to reveal it.

The Ibrox club insist they will circulate what they have to Scotland’s other 41 senior teams in advance of the meeting next month.

Doncaster has stressed the fact the Dens Park club were allowed to change their vote from no to yes is a quirk of the Companies Act rather than any SPFL rule.

He also maintained publishing the results of an incomplete vote was due to apparent pressure to provide information rather than to force those yet to participate into a decision.

He said: “It wasn’t tenable to say nothing. We knew there would be questions, we couldn’t wait.

“The SPFL board made a unanimous decision to publish the results, it wasn’t intended to put pressure on any club.

“Any allegations and evidence should be brought forward to the SPFL chairman so they can be investigated.

“It is not acceptable for vague assertions to be made without anything being brought forward.

“There is a call for me and another member of staff (SPFL legal adviser Rod McKenzie) to be suspended without actually knowing what it is we alleged to have done wrong.

“We exist to serve all 42 members of the organisation. We are democratic members’ organisation and three clubs that have called for an EGM so we have called one.

“If the 42 member clubs want our time and money to be used in having an investigation then that is their democratic right.

“Eight out of nine of the SPFL board feel that is wholly inappropriate and a waste of time and money.”

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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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