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SPFL clubs to vote on curtailment of Ladbrokes SPFL Season 2019/20

PFL clubs are to vote on a resolution recommending the termination of the 2019/20 season in the Ladbrokes Championship, Ladbrokes League 1 and Ladbrokes League 2

SPFL clubs are to vote on a resolution recommending the termination of the 2019/20 season in the Ladbrokes Championship, Ladbrokes League 1 and Ladbrokes League 2, with final season placings determined by points per game in league matches played to date by each club.

The resolution also recommends that matches in the Ladbrokes Premiership remain postponed for the time being, to give the best possible opportunity for the remaining 2019/20 fixtures to be played.

However, if the SPFL Board determines that the remaining Premiership matches cannot be played, the Ladbrokes Premiership would also be terminated, with final season placings determined on the same basis.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health announced on 17 March that NHS Scotland had been put on an emergency footing for at least 12 weeks until 10 June. In addition, the Scottish Government also publicly advised that expectations are that restrictions could remain in place for at least 13 weeks.

That means the remaining fixtures in Ladbrokes League Season 2019/20 and the related play-off competitions cannot be scheduled without significantly damaging the SPFL’s ability to start and complete, on time, League Season 2020/21 and next Season’s Betfred Cup.

The SPFL has therefore today circulated a written resolution to its 42 Member Clubs recommending that SPFL clubs approve:

  • the immediate termination of Season 2019/20 for the Ladbrokes Championship, League 1 and League 2, without the remaining fixtures in the League being played;
  • all play-off competitions being cancelled; and
  • final season placings to be determined by the number of points per game earned by each club in the matches they have played. This would result in the following final divisional tables for Season 2019/20 in the Ladbrokes Championship, League 1 and League 2:

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If approved, this would result in the promotion of Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers, and the relegation of Partick Thistle and Stranraer.

If the resolution is approved, the SPFL has also committed to consulting with Clubs over the possibility of League restructuring ahead of Season 2020/21.

SPFL Chairman Murdoch MacLennan said: “These are extraordinarily difficult times for our entire country and, like every sports body worldwide, we have been wrestling with the enormous challenges caused by the outbreak.

“To their credit, every single club in the SPFL has been committed to completing the remaining fixtures for Season 2019/20, but they also all recognise we must prioritise the safety of players, officials and fans, and ensure our emergency services are given every possible assistance to focus on their vital work. Many football people have friends or family who are working with the emergency and health services or who have been affected by this awful virus and I have been struck by the strong sense of solidarity shown by everyone in our sport.

“The communication from the Scottish Government at least gives us a degree of clarity, meaning it will now be impossible to fulfil the remaining fixtures in the Ladbrokes Championship, League 1 and League 2 without causing huge financial damage and uncertainty for Clubs in those Divisions. We have recommended a way forward which we firmly believe enables the best possible outcome for Scottish football in these very demanding and unique circumstances.”

SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster added: “As a Board, we have consulted extensively with clubs in all four divisions since football was suspended on 13th March and have taken expert legal and commercial advice.

“Now is the right time to act. Very regrettably, we must face the reality that it’s simply not possible for the remaining Ladbrokes Championship, League 1 and League 2 fixtures to remain postponed without causing significant further financial harm to clubs in those divisions.  Further, many of our clubs are experiencing very challenging organisational and financial circumstances.

“Everyone in our game and in the country generally, is wrestling with the devastating impact of Covid-19. They all know there are no easy answers or simple solutions, but the Board’s recommended proposal will give us a far greater degree of certainty, minimise the harm to the game overall, and enable us make end-of-season fee payments now to Ladbrokes Championship, League 1 and League 2 clubs.

“The position for the Ladbrokes Premiership remains particularly complicated. Everyone is aware of UEFA’s desire for the family of European football to work together to resolve the issues that confront us all. We are keen to work with UEFA and remain in discussion with them over the situation in Scotland.

“The quicker we reach a final position the better, but there is no doubt this is the most complicated and challenging situation our game has faced in living memory.”

Edited by The Minertaur

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Seems the only sensible solution but do not want any league reconstruction.

Both Brora and Kelty should not get in. 12 teams in our division would be too many. Teams would have 44 games and potential play offs as well. Would require more midweek games.

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50 minutes ago, Cowden Cowboy said:

No it wouldn’t you would just have a split same as Premier so 38 games

That's even worse!!!! The bottom 6 could be playing for nothing as someone could be gone by then!

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58 minutes ago, Cowden Cowboy said:

No it wouldn’t you would just have a split same as Premier so 38 games

So are Cowden awarded the average points for the game in hand over Elgin, which means we can't finish 3rd? Even though we could have in theory!

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6 minutes ago, UsedToGoToCentralPark said:

Garbage idea. Season should be declared null and void.

^^ Big team found 

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Here is how to resolve this.

No Winners No losers. No Champions. No Relegations No Trophies.

Premiership 2020/21 Increase to 13 teams, with Dundee United joining PL. Play 24,  Split 6/7,  Play 10/12.  13th and 12th relegated, 11th Playoffs Season, 2021/22 12 Teams. 

Championship 2020/21 Increase to 14 teams with Raith Falkirk Airdrie Montrose East Fife joining Championship.  Play 26,  Split 7/7, Play 12.  1st Promoted 2nd 3rd Playoffs.  14th and 13th relegated, 12th Playoffs. Season 2021/22 14 Teams

Div1/Div2 Increase to 18 teams with Brora Kelty Bonnyrigg joining the extended Div 1. Play 34 no split. 1st Promoted, 2nd 3rd Playoffs. 17th 18th relegated, 16th Playoffs. Season 2021/22 18 Teams.

No League Cup or Tunnocks Cup 2020/21. 

Free weeks here and there, not a problem.

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Teams won’t vote for a league which means a reduction in the number of games played as that is reducing their income.

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So are Cowden awarded the average points for the game in hand over Elgin, which means we can't finish 3rd? Even though we could have in theory!

The league is worked out by average points per game. Therefore we would finish fourth. Fair enough if we can’t finish the season.

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19 TEAM LEAGUE WITH ONLY PLAYING HOME & AWAY ONCE LIKE OLD DAYS. MO MIDWEEK WINTER TRIPS TO ELGIN /BRORA etc COULD ALWAYS MAKE SCOTTISH  2 POOLS PANEL " TO PREDICT REMAINING FIXTURES. BUT THAT WOULD MEAN THAT RANGERS , HEARTS & BRECHIN WOULD WIN ALL REMAINING FIXTURES & CELTIC & DUNFERMLINE WOULD GAIN ZERO POINTS 🤪

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1 hour ago, NUMBER 7 said:

Here is how to resolve this.

No League Cup in  2020/21. 

 

Betfred Cup is vital income for lower league clubs and in any event there is a contractual obligation to the Sponsor. . 

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Why not play the outstanding games when it is safe to do so and move to summer football?

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After today’s response from Clubs, I’m convinced the lunatics have actually taken over the asylum.

Rather than any attempt at consensus, it’s all out war from those with vested interests and I’m sure we will see the demise of some Clubs now.

 

 

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The playoffs can only be changed with the agreement of the Lowland and Highland leagues so cue litigation against the SPFL.

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28 minutes ago, EdinburghBlue said:

The playoffs can only be changed with the agreement of the Lowland and Highland leagues so cue litigation against the SPFL.

Incorrect.

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