Scottish restructure defeated at vote
The 11-1 majority required to vote yes on proposed alterations to the Scottish league structure was not achieved today at a critical meeting to discuss the future of Scottish football.
April 15th, 2013
Promoted side Ross County and League Cup winners St. Mirren voted against the proposal brought by senior SPL figures, which would have included a different distribution model of TV revenue, as well as a pyramid system in and out of the professional leagues
Chiefly though, would have come the switch in time for kick-off next season, of the divisions into that old 12-12-18 we’ve heard so much about in the past few months.
But with the two votes against, the motion has been defeated, leaving an SFL meeting scheduled for Friday to be cancelled – and for other club chairmen to scratch their heads and wonder why the vote has not gone the right way, or even worse; to accuse them of “ruining Scottish football” as accused by Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne today.
We’d argue that the proposed split halfway through the season between two leagues of 12 into three of eight would render pointless the whole season so far for anyone who isn’t then in with a shout of a European finish or the league title – but the placing of opponents on a more level footing can just as easily be solved by having more teams per division – the split isn’t much use for a team who has nothing to play for come the winter time. It’s hoped though that it will attract fans to more away games if there’s slightly more competition involved. Only time will tell what the Scottish FA has in store.