SPFL Formally Requests Emergency Meeting with First Minister

_DON_

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Outside of ourselves and them, football up here doesn't generate enough money for the Scottish Government to be interest in any pleas from the SPFL. As much as I dislike the SNP, they are probably right to ignore any SPFL requests when there are large portions of the populations lively hoods at risk.
 

Coatbridge Chancellor

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As usual this forums first thought for some reason is Celtic but it's clear that that clubs in League 1/2 could easily get near to their usual capacity with a even restrictions of say 600. That would go a long way to ensuring their survival.
 

Midfield General

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Ra celic must be in more trouble than they are letting on.Honestly if I received a pompous letter like that it would be straight in the bin.
His "extensive soundings" will have been a phone call from Liewell telling him to earn the 300k that he is draining from our game.
 

Fraser

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Lawell calls for an emergency meeting asking for league to be stopped if no fans are allowed in
 

cgy

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You do know she has allowed it to happen

Tier 0 & 1 allows it so far Ross County v Livingston, Ross County v Stirling Albion & Inverness CT v Raith Rovers have 300 fans each game allowed so far
Yeah but the central belt will not get out of tier 3 any time soon. Token gesture to the SPFL.
 

monkey magic

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As usual this forums first thought for some reason is Celtic but it's clear that that clubs in League 1/2 could easily get near to their usual capacity with a even restrictions of say 600. That would go a long way to ensuring their survival.

Doncaster isn't doing this on behalf of smaller clubs, mate. He's a hired Celtc stooge and nothing else.
 

Bluebluecee

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The guys a fud but he is absolutely correct. No reason at all we can’t have 10% capacity split between all 4 stands after this lockdown ends.
I’m all for fans back in stadiums but I think it’s the thought of 5/6 thousand people leaving at the one time and crowding on to public transport etc that they are looking at being the health problem
 

the only way is up

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The limited number of fans that could potentially be allowed in would just about cover the extra steward cost to ensure compliance. For all we want to be back in, it’s about limiting exposure and risk. To me, there are much harder hit areas of the economy that restrictions could be eased over fans watching football. While there are so many businesses hard pressed to stay afloat, it would be extremely difficult to justify in my opinion. While the entitled premiership teams are losing £50M plus per season, the average Scottish club losses are insignificant by comparison. To put it another way, would you rather have a job to be able to support your family, pay the bills and buy a season ticket or be unemployed and allowed to watch a game?
 

Krissie

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Political leaders across the UK will be bracing themselves for the knock on effect of Xmas and New Year socialising. Middle of January will surely see significant rises in case numbers.The last thing they will want to be seen to be condoning in the grand scheme of things is the return of football crowds. The lower Covid tiers may get something but not the higher ones. SFA/SPFL will have to face that reality. Had they run the game better over the years they might have been in a better position to withstand what we are all going thro right now. Only themsleves to blame. Has Doncaster offered a wage refund yet ?
 

Gramps1

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Any amount of fans at Ibrox would be a massive boost to the players.

Meanwhile, over at the chamber of secrets they'd get nothing but grief off the hordes.

The tramps are running out of money.
The players are doing fine mate the last thing they need is a toxic atmosphere if they don’t score after 5 mins.
 

cgy

Member
Yet is no different to what is is going to happen in England just about getting the right numbers
Correct, but when has the SNP done anything during this pandemic which mirrors anything that's happened in England?
She won't allow it. In my opinion.
 

SGL

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Doncaster is right but Sturgeon is very unlikely to back down.

No reason why every ground cannot undertake an individual assessment and be certified to let a set percentage in using designated routes.

It would be a start and would make a huge difference to some of the smallest clubs. That is where it matters most just now. To illustrate a case; Airdrie has a 10'000 seater stadium and an average attendance of about 1000 - the local supermarkets have higher footfalls, fewer entrances and less ventilation!
 

BSPECIAL

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Must be a cup final involving celtic coming soon. I'm sure lots of scotshit politicians will be desperate to be there.
 

rangeral

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Correct, but when has the SNP done anything during this pandemic which mirrors anything that's happened in England?
She won't allow it. In my opinion.
Yet she/SNP included in the tier system before England?

As I said it about getting it right number wise

300 would work for some clubs not not all
 

SuffolkGer

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a lot of the lower clubs would usually struggle for 2,000 fans. No reason why they can’t have small capacity and we could get 5-10k in safely at least.

I am enjoying watching the SFA rolling about helplessly like the maggots they are though.
 

rfcforever

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I don't have it to hand, but it was in a biography of her that in the 80s, she realised that Scotland would always be at the mercy of England in terms of having a Tory Govt. Labour
Thanks mate, never knew that. Have to laugh at the belief that we are at the mercy of England, though. What fekkin century does she live in?
 

Coallie

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You can hear the conversation the fat jap had with his spunk bucket.

Clearly finances are critical and fans are required to help keep the clubs afloat but I can’t help but think that the real driver here is for fans to get back to help ra poops and hinder our progress in a less stressful environment.

as much as I want back to Ibrox I’m happy to stay away this season until we secure the title at least.
Having fans back could hinder our chances of the title as the previous two years have shown that the team couldn't handle the pressure at Ibrox with 50000 bears whinging at every loose pass & every wayward shot , no let's wait till its mathematically impossible for them to catch us at least for this season anyhow.
 

Earl of Leven

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Dear Mr Doncaster

We're doing things more differenter in Scotchland. So you won't be getting fans at the games. That's what thae English do.

Yours
Nicola
 

TinyRick

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Nicola Ceaucescu will release another populist statement. This time she will tell us that we can go to the football, but no pubs before or after, no gathering for buses/trains, and no singing when we're there.

In addition to this, she extends the household mixing ban, and says there's no way schools will shut again.

Would you really put it past her?
 

Kingging

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Crowds back from 1 January. Home fans only of course.


Then when numbers increase after the Christmas amnesty, back to no crowds the following week. Can't remember if there anything happening that week.
 

o7o

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News release
Wednesday, November 25th 2020
For Immediate Release
SPFL Formally Requests Emergency Meeting with First Minister

League Warns Failure to Mirror English Fans’ Return Will ‘Sound Death Knell’ The SPFL has today written to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon asking for an emergency meeting to end the lock-out of fans across the country.

Following the announcement that clubs in England have been given the green light to welcome fans back, the SPFL’s chief executive Neil Doncaster has issued a direct appeal to the First Minister on behalf of the country’s 42 professional clubs (see attached letter) to very quickly let Scottish fans back into stadia in carefully-managed, meaningful numbers.

Mr Doncaster said: “Scottish football fans are the most passionate in Europe, with more league attendances per capita than any other country, so our clubs have been hit far harder by the lock-out than those in England because we depend much more heavily on gate receipts.

“Every major club in Scotland has very detailed, well-founded plans in place for safely returning fans back to stadiums, and thousands upon thousands of Scottish fans are simply desperate to get back quickly to watching their teams in the safety of a carefully-managed, open-air environment.

“We are now calling on the First Minister to do the right thing by Scotland’s hard-pressed football supporters. If it’s good enough for English fans, it must be good enough for Scottish fans.

“If the First Minister refuses to allow football fans all over Scotland to watch their beloved teams in carefully-regulated, limited numbers, complete with track and trace, she will have to explain to them the clinical difference between Scottish fans and English fans.

“Make no mistake, failure to get fans back in the very near future will sound the death knell for some of our best-loved clubs and no-one wants that.

“The First Minister alone has the opportunity to put a smile on the faces of Scottish football fans and give them a much-needed early Christmas present and we are calling for meaningful, urgent engagement.

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“Despite the enormous financial consequences, our clubs have followed every directive and every instruction from the Scottish Government for month after month. Clubs, supporters and players have been hugely patient. Apart from supporter safety, there is no higher priority for our game. It’s now time to get the fans back.

“We have written to the First Minister seeking an emergency meeting, because time is really against us. We will meet with her at any time, day or night, to fit in with her busy schedule and we await her response.

“The clubs have done the hard work of putting their plans in place for the safe return of fans in limited numbers. All we need now is for the First Minister to say ‘Yes’.”

ENDS
One useless kunt seeking help from another useless kunt.
 

GourockBlue50

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The Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP
First Minister of Scotland
The Scottish Government
St Andrew’s House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

Dear First Minister

From your enthusiastic reaction to the magnificent achievement of the men’s Scottish national team earlier this month, it’s clear you share a passion for our game.

I am sure you are equally keen to safeguard the very future of Scotland’s national sport, which has been hit far harder by the lock-out than south of the border because it depends much more heavily on gate receipts.

For almost nine months, and despite the enormous financial consequences, our clubs have fastidiously followed every directive and every instruction from your Government. Clubs, supporters and players have been hugely patient as we have played our full part in the national effort to combat coronavirus.

However, with the very welcome news that clubs in England are being allowed to bring back fans in limited numbers, we are seeking urgent talks with you to ensure that Scottish clubs, and Scottish fans are permitted to do the same in very short order.

As you will know, every major club in Scotland has very detailed, well-founded plans in place for safely returning fans back to stadiums. Thousands upon thousands of Scottish fans are simply desperate to get back to watching their teams in the safety of a carefully-managed, open-air environment. Apart from supporter safety, there is no higher priority for our game. It’s now time to get the fans back.

Scottish football is on its knees and clubs big and small the length and breadth of the country are in the most dire straits, with income projected to drop by £100 million this season alone. Failure to get fans back in the very near future will sound the death knell for some of our bestloved clubs, which would be a tragedy on many levels, given the enormous contribution they make to the economic, cultural and community life of our nation. No-one wants that to happen.

You alone have the chance to put a much-needed smile on the faces of millions of Scottish football fans, giving them an early Christmas present by quickly approving the carefullymanaged return of fans across the country.

The response amongst Scottish supporters to the news about English football fans returning has been resounding and, having taken extensive soundings at all levels of our game, I have been asked to request an emergency meeting with you, because time is really against us.

Together with senior representatives from our clubs, we are entirely at your disposal. We will meet with you under any circumstances, remotely ort in person, day or night, to fit in with your busy schedule and we eagerly await your response.

Yours sincerely
Neil Doncaster
Chief Executive
That’s a long winded letter for such a short question.
 

Coatbridge Chancellor

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Nicola Ceaucescu will release another populist statement. This time she will tell us that we can go to the football, but no pubs before or after, no gathering for buses/trains, and no singing when we're there.

In addition to this, she extends the household mixing ban, and says there's no way schools will shut again.

Would you really put it past her?
I get that there's plenty of sarcasm there, but I hope people realise that when fans go back it will be like that, as it has been at Aberdeen, ICT, Ross County.
No singing or cheering, masks worn, photo ID to get in, Strict seating/distancing. And of course the pubs are shut anyway. I'm not currently a st holder but if I was I wouldn't be overly keen to return under those conditions.
 

Bottom Line

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Doncaster isn't doing this on behalf of smaller clubs, mate. He's a hired Celtc stooge and nothing else.
Exactly,it is unbelievable that we are in a position where we could still rue the day we did not get this trumpet removed,he`s already attempted and failed to get the power to void this season "if need be"
 

david1982

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Fat Lawwell no doubt behind his shoulder telling him what to type....

You would think that fat tadger would have enough on his plate with the mutany at the Lennoxtown training shack....
 

50 grand 50 grand

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Tier 4 restrictions across the central belt with folk wondering if they’ll even see their wee granny at Christmas and this tadger is demanding fans in, very good.
 

Sirwatty

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Tier 4 restrictions across the central belt with folk wondering if they’ll even see their wee granny at Christmas and this tadger is demanding fans in, very good.
In a nutshell. How can they justify football fans attending grounds when we can't even see our families right now.
 
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