The public war of words engulfing Scottish football has continued today ahead of a much-anticipated EGM vote that all 42 SPFL clubs will take part in on Tuesday.
The vote, called by Rangers, Hearts and Stranraer, will determine whether or not a full-scale independent investigation takes place into the league body’s handling of a prior vote that called time on the lower league seasons and potentially the Premiership too.
Dunfermline Athletic were the first to share their stance today, hitting back at Inverness CT after they declared on Sunday that they would testify to bullying from an SPFL board member.
The Pars’ chairman, who also sits on the league board, has taken that as aimed personally at him.
Ross McArthur, as quoted by the official Dunfermline website, said in part: “The individuals have been very careful not to mention me by name, but their intended target is clearly apparent.
“In life, you stand and fall by your reputation and your actions, and I thank the very many people from other clubs who have contacted me since these “leaked” WhatsApp messages first surfaced, to offer their support. I like the company I keep.
“Since the SPFL director’s resolution was first issued, a number of clubs in the Championship would confirm it is the behaviour of Inverness that has continually been aggressive and confrontational. However, no one felt it necessary to win points in public, as robust conversations take place in the normal course of a competitive business like football.”
This has become an increasingly bitter feud between member clubs and Dunfermline’s chairman clearly feel he has been publicly misrepresented, insisting he has not bullied anyone into voting any one way.
Meanwhile, Aberdeen have also released a statement, announcing their stance to vote in favour of tomorrow’s call for an investigation.
They said, via their official website: “We reiterate our belief that an independent inquiry is the only way of drawing a line under what has become a highly damaging episode for the whole of Scottish football.
“There is a distressing lack of confidence and trust between the SPFL leadership and many of the clubs, and it is hard to see a resolution, far less a reconciliation, without some form of impartial and objective assessment of the many claims and counter-claims.”
That one of the big Premiership clubs has come out publicly in support of this will be seen as a boost for the proposals passing, though whether Rangers will have the 75% of support they need through the divisions remains to be seen.
All eyes will certainly be on the outcome of tomorrow’s video conference.
Hopefully, Scottish football will find a consensus to move onto more important matters, such as securing the game’s return in a financially viable way.