Scottish Championship club Partick Thistle are the latest organisation to make their opposition to the SPFL board’s proposals and subsequent vote drama clear.
The relegation-threatened second-tier side, who are due to drop into Scottish League One if the Dundee vote yes to the proposals, have released a Tuesday statement outlining their stance.
Taking legal advice, they think Dundee’s original intent to vote no to the proposals should be binding.
As quoted by their official club website, the statement read, in part: “We have obtained a Joint Opinion from Senior and Junior Counsel to identify what can be done to remedy this situation. The QC’s legal Opinion concludes:
“1. The information dispensed to Clubs and the process utilised in putting forward the resolution, could potentially be held to be a breach of the duty by the SPFL to provide sufficient information to member clubs to allow them to make a properly informed decision in relation to the SPFL’s resolution. In particular, the Opinion highlights the fact that the SPFL did not explain to member clubs alternative means by which payments could be made other than by requiring the immediate termination of the current league season. On that basis, clubs may have lacked sufficient information – by omission – to make an informed decision based on the SPFL’s briefing document.
“2. The original vote by Dundee FC was cast in line with the SPFL’s own rules and must stand, meaning that the resolution falls.
“3. There is the potential for the SPFL Articles to be altered, as would be required to bring a season to end early, in order to, for example, facilitate the payment of fees to Member Clubs.”
Dundee have yet to make their intentions clear after a reported timeline that involved their initial vote not arriving with the SPFL and the club then notifying the league to disregard it when it did arrive (The Glasgow Times).
If Dundee goes on to vote yes, as is reported to be likely (The Glasgow Times), then the three lower-league divisions will be finished for the season with the Premiership likely to follow, though options to resume the action would be explored further in the top-flight.
With placings determined on an average points basis, Celtic would be named nine-in-a-row champions if the ongoing health crisis makes 2019/20 matches impossible to complete.
Clearly much more is set to transpire as clubs potentially impacted negatively scramble to protect their own interests.
However, despite the drama, the prospect of a ‘null and void’ season is still not on the radar and looks further away than ever.
The Hoops have little to worry about other than navigating the challenges of the health crisis itself.