Neil Doncaster admits concerns expressed by SPFL clubs over his behavior as he warns Rangers and Hearts against legal action


SPFL CEO Neil Doncaster admits he is aware of the concerns expressed by the clubs about the language used in the Good Friday resolution debates.

Above all, no official complaint has been filed with the FPSL despite its concern about the behavior of others during the conversations.

He admitted that he knew allegations had been made in “solid” conversations between Championship clubs and that some were threatening to change the cash distribution system.

The Rangers record claims to come from Dunfermline but Doncaster believes these rows are expected and without official complaint, insists there is nothing to worry about.

Doncaster was responding to the Rangers’ case and President Douglas Park’s question and answer session with the Sunday papers, but he insisted that neither he, Murdoch MacLennan, nor the rest of the FBCL board of directors have been approached by clubs in an official capacity.

However, he urged anyone with evidence of intimidation and coercion to come forward and promised that the investigation would be investigated.

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He told BBC Scotland: “No club has reported any bullying to me or as far as I know of Murdoch MacLennan.

“It is clear that there have been solid exchanges between the clubs, we were aware – especially in the championship – that these conversations were in progress, but no one reported any intimidation to me.

“A number of people have expressed concerns about the language used. I think there was a suggestion that if the resolution was not adopted, there could be an attempt to change the distribution mechanism in the Championship and perhaps make an equal share of it.

“This is the kind of discussion you expect to have. Anyone who has attended debates on rebuilding the league that has taken place in the past, I have seen a very difficult exchange that took place between Stewart Gilmour of St Mirren and Stewart Milne of Aberdeen.

“This is what happens when you have these tough and tough business people involved in the game. They are not violets that shrink and you expect solid conversations

“It is quite different from someone who files a formal complaint or an allegation of bullying, and that has not happened. If a club has evidence that it has been bullied and wants to make a formal complaint, please do so, it will be investigated in the right way, but it just didn’t happen.

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“If people feel that the line has been crossed, they should file an official complaint, it has not happened.

“I encourage anyone who feels intimidated by anyone to come forward and this will be investigated properly and the board has always made it clear.

“I had a number of clubs who were concerned about the way they were treated by other clubs, you would expect this to be the nature of these things, but no one has made any formal complaints to any At any stage, there was no follow-up until I know, no formal complaint has been made to a member of the board of directors or the FBCL. ”

Hearts and Rangers have both threatened legal action along the way and even though Doncaster admits they have the right to do so, he warned them that they will only harm SPFL clubs.

Hearts are raging about being potentially relegated to the championship despite the fact that the season is not over yet the Rangers and SPFL are involved in a continuous row.

And Doncaster warned, “People concerned about the language were used and it was a two-way street. Not only coming from side to side, but concerned with the behavior of people on both sides of the argument, but no one asked for action to be taken, but if they do, it will be dealt with appropriately.

“I’m here to serve the clubs, as is Murdoch McLennan, as are the few staff we have at FBCL, as well as the board of directors of the FBCL. We are all here to serve the clubs, the clubs elect their representatives and those representatives do their best to act in the best interest of the 42 clubs as a whole. I am absolutely convinced that the board of directors has done this all along and will continue to do so.

“Clubs have to do what they think is right for themselves, but ultimately, a lawsuit against the league is a lawsuit against the clubs themselves. The league itself is purely a competition in which the clubs play and the money that is distributed to the clubs, that is, the money that belongs to all the clubs.

“So if a club wants to take legal action against the league, they can do it, but in the end, it is all the clubs that suffer. “


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