The cabal's lickspittle at it again

jaws73

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Hearts and Partick Thistle £10m threat to clubs lost support and they might regret it if decisions go against them - Keith Jackson
The battle goes to the Court of Session this week and adds to the madness of Scottish football during lockdown.

Years from now when
 historians reflect on the Great Lockdown of 2020 they will
 see that Scottish football led the way as the true pioneer of this pandemic.

Records will show that the game in this country descended into a state of complete and utter madness long before the rest of the real world eventually caved in and lost the plot too.

It’s a scary place out there these days and some of the events of the last few weeks have been enough to make you wonder if there’s much to be gained from ever going out the front door again.

Certainly, the vein-popping insanity which has throttled the SPFL since March shows no sign of loosening its grip any time soon.

In fact, it will be cranked up again over the next few days as Hearts and Partick Thistle kick the whole drama into the Court of Session, having already issued the rest of Scotland’s clubs with a £10million relegation ransom note.

If they get their way we’re all about to be dragged back to the very start of this crisis and the decision to call time on a season after it had been infected by the same virus which has unleashed such suffering and chaos.

From Dundee and their
 mysterious flip-flopping to Neil Doncaster and his dubious back channelling, it could all be dragged back into the public domain like a recurring nightmare.

The trouble is, where there was almost unanimous sympathy back then for the plight of these two clubs, and for Thistle in particular, the mood around this new normal has taken a turn for the worse.

There are some clubs in
agreement that the M8 alliance have been left with no option but to press the big red button.

But there are others, and plenty of them, who have been infuriated by the manner in which they have gone about it and, in particular, by the enormity of their demands.

The threat to trigger an
interim interdict to prevent next season from kicking off as
scheduled on August 1 has also raised the temperature significantly and contributed to the feelings of ill will swirling around the 12 
top-flight clubs.

At 3pm on Wednesday, just hours after the preliminary hearing at the Court of Session, all 12 of them will dial into a video conference call to discuss the next step in Scottish football’s recovery.

On the agenda is a proposed rule change which would empower SPFL chief executive Doncaster and his board with emergency powers to act as they see fit should, heaven forbid, another pandemic force our game back into lockdown at some point in the future.


Over the weekend, Doncaster was also locked in fruitful talks with the Scottish government to secure permission for Premiership clubs to restart full contact training from this morning. That means the top 12 can now arrange pre-season friendlies between themselves while also advancing plans to get fans safely back inside their grounds as quickly as possible and turning on the tap of matchday revenue.

All the while, Hearts and Thistle continue to hold a gun to the game’s head over the manner in which last season was shut down.

It’s this refusal to allow the rest to focus fully on moving forward which is causing resentment to build and tempers to fray.

This is likely to dominate the conversations on Wednesday.

There is every chance that this uncertainty and rancour will all still be rumbling on in three weeks’
time when the SPFL holds its AGM to decide on the make-up of Doncaster’s board for the new campaign. There’s also every chance Celtic’s chief executive Peter Lawwell will be re-appointed to the set-up at that stage, replacing Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson as has become the customary summer boardroom job swap in recent times.

If that happens then Lawwell, who has kept his own counsel throughout this period of
 unprecedented unrest, will be dragged into the thick of the fight.

He’s unlikely to join in quietly or, for that matter, to feel much in the way of empathy for the two clubs most sorely aggrieved.

It really is a mess of gargantuan proportions and as the bad blood continues to simmer behind the scenes Scottish football’s dirtiest laundry may now be aired in full public view, assuming Hearts and Thistle’s lawyers win the argument on Wednesday morning.

If it is decided by Lord Clark that the case should proceed to the Court of Session the two rebellious clubs will feel their own actions have been largely vindicated, no matter how much anger they have caused among the others.

If, however, it is batted out at the first stage and Hearts and Thistle are ordered to enter into arbitration through the SFA instead, the whole basis for their claim will have been greatly undermined.

If the issue of a compensation claim somehow winds up going back to the vote of all 42 clubs then Hearts and Thistle would be as well standing outside and whistling for their cash.

There may have been a time and place for such a conversation.

Even the most myopic and
 self-interested of chairmen and chief executives could see
 the blatant unfairness of what was done to these two clubs back in March when football was stopped.

But much has changed over these historic, life-changing last four months.

What was once a cruel world is in danger of losing its mind. At least our game will be there to welcome it to the madhouse.



 
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jaws73

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Is Neil Doncaster guilty of conflict of interest by offering SPFL legal adviser to clubs wishing to back the league against Hearts and Partick Thistle this week?

KJ: Not as far as I can make out. The gun-to-the-head strategy being adopted by Hearts and Thistle seems increasingly bizarre and has infuriated clubs all over the country.

GR: The timing and content of his letter to member clubs is so dubious and distasteful. Why was it sent? Do the SPFL need other clubs to bankroll their legal defence? Are they running scared? Looking for safety in numbers? They might be on the ropes on this one.

CS: It's hard to know what to think with all these things at the moment. We can’t wait for court battles and statements to be replaced by games and goals.

FW: I’m no legal expert but it doesn’t look good and has certainly fanned the flames of an increasingly bitter dispute.
 

jaws73

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If, however, it is batted out at the first stage and Hearts and Thistle are ordered to enter into arbitration through the SFA instead, the whole basis for their claim will have been greatly undermined.

If the issue of a compensation claim somehow winds up going back to the vote of all 42 clubs then Hearts and Thistle would be as well standing outside and whistling for their cash.


The bold Keef unwittingly arguing that the court is the only place that Hearts and Partick will get a fair hearing and why it can't be dealt with by the football authorities.
 

bkkbear

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Hard to believe that they think it's all down to hearts and thistle.

As for the letter, blackmail, coercion are far better words than dubious. A member owned organisation refusing to share information with its own members? Hmmmm
 

Numans_Left_Peg

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If what Hearts and Thistle are doing is bizarre, then what have we to make of how the SPFL have acted?

The way he and others in the media are going its akin to it pelting with rain and them telling you it isn't.

I have a feeling what is contributing to his nonsense is the fact that he can't stick to the beaten to death narrative of Rangers = Bad.

The mental gymnastics are quite something, he won't care but genuinely he should be embarrassed at what a poor job he does in relation to his actual profession.
 

interbear

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Is Neil Doncaster guilty of conflict of interest by offering SPFL legal adviser to clubs wishing to back the league against Hearts and Partick Thistle this week?

KJ: Not as far as I can make out. The gun-to-the-head strategy being adopted by Hearts and Thistle seems increasingly bizarre and has infuriated clubs all over the country.

GR: The timing and content of his letter to member clubs is so dubious and distasteful. Why was it sent? Do the SPFL need other clubs to bankroll their legal defence? Are they running scared? Looking for safety in numbers? They might be on the ropes on this one.

CS: It's hard to know what to think with all these things at the moment. We can’t wait for court battles and statements to be replaced by games and goals.

FW: I’m no legal expert but it doesn’t look good and has certainly fanned the flames of an increasingly bitter dispute.
Wasn’t it the SPFL themselves who adopted a “gun to the head” strategy in the first place, bullying member clubs to vote for the premature end to the season with scare stories (falsehoods) about how it was the ONLY way they’d get their cash distributed.
 

Northhiglander

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So Hearts and Thistle have handed the other clubs a £10m Bill. No mention of the bill to compensate broadcasters for awarding the title to one team. Seems like this fiasco means all other clubs are being asked to spend £20m to award the title to one team.


This is why we need fan media at press conferences. Some one needs to ask that question and get a debate on it. Scottish football looks incredibly stupid at the moment.


Even more stupid than normal.
 

supersonic

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1. heaven forbid, another pandemic force - the same guy who said on twitter that lockdown was a bit over board for just a 'virus'
2. M8 alliance - shut the %^*& up!
3. unanimous sympathy back then for the plight of these two clubs - all that sympathy yet no one voted to financially support the 2 clubs and were happy for them to incur the £ms of costs

if the court goes hearts and thistle's way this week, i wonder how Keith will spin his boyfriend Neil's shite
 

aayjay

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The bold Keef unwittingly arguing that the court is the only place that Hearts and Partick will get a fair hearing and why it can't be dealt with by the football authorities.
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Exactly that.
 

Thechemist

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Shocking article but that’s what we’ve come to expect from him. Hearts and Patrick have every right to demand compensation after everything that’s went on. If only they had let the season play out
 

Ardoyne RSC

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'Liewell kept his own council'? yeah, just like Hitler was innocent of genocide because he personally didn't pour any gas into the chambers, and Bin Laden wasn't responsible for murder, because he spent most on his time holed up in safe houses and caves.
Never trust someone with a face like a fruit scone. It's laughable even to use the word 'dubious'. There was fuck all dubious about what those gangsters got up to, and are still getting up to.
The cream of Scotland's reporting - Jackson, Keevins, Leckie. That sums up the mhedia - fuckin' scary!
 

Ke55y

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With this utter vulva spouting the same shite every other day from this rag it's clear they are all on the dhims payroll can this be proved....I could go further and say 100% I believe the SNP pay this rag a yearly subsidy to keep the narrative the same. The divisive crap on a daily basis in this rag has divided Scotland so bad it will never be the same again.
 

bkerr72

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Looks like he's back from a week off as Gannon and Scott Burns filled in for the BIG partnership spin last week.

A week to come up with that though is laughable. I wonder how much extra cash he is getting from the BIG partnership to keep producing the crap he is writing it must be worth it.
 

Wokster

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I just read the Monday Jury section on the DR. The question posed was, "Is Neil Doncaster guilty of conflict of interest by offering SPFL's legal advisor to clubs wishing to back the league against Hearts and Thistle". 4 Out of the 5 Journalists were critical, where Jackson said this "Not as far as I can make out. The gun-to-the-head strategy being adopted by Hearts and Thistle seems increasingly bizarre and has infuriated clubs all over the country". What is increasingly bizarre about fighting for justice for your club FFS!?
 
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