A massive 66 clubs in England have written a letter of complaint to the Football Association in disagreement with their decision to ‘expunge’ the results of their league seasons so far, BBC Sport report.
The English FA took the unprecedented decision to end non-league football in the country last week, declaring results null and void while cancelling promotion and relegation up and down that part of the football pyramid.
Clearly though many clubs are unhappy with that decision.
In an open letter, published by BBC Sport, the outraged clubs said: “Our concern is grounded primarily in the needless and inexplicable haste exercised in reaching the decision, coupled with a total lack of substantive dialogue or consultation with affected clubs.
“The decision also disregards the millions of pounds invested and countless hours expended collectively by clubs, and so has critical financial implications.
“In writing this joint letter, we recognise that the decision to expunge results for the 2019-20 season still pends official ratification from the FA Council.
“However, we believe it is unacceptable that such a decision has been handed down to us in this manner. We urgently seek constructive dialogue with the FA with the aim to have the decision reconsidered.”
With ending the season in such a manner in the minds of followers of Scottish football, clearly this revolt is a positive development for Celtic, who would not be crowned champions in a scenario like this.
The letter suggests that there are few clubs who want to go down this path, with those at odds with the FA’s decision even willing to take legal action, according to the BBC.
It seems that if a similar step was taken it Scotland, it would only complicate matters rather than be a solution to the ongoing crisis.
Throwing the hard work of clubs and players away without recognising their efforts would be a cruel way to end the 2019/20 season.
Leaders in Scottish football and beyond must consider whether the action can resume, even if behind closed doors, or take steps to ensure a fair way of handing out prizes and promotion is devised.