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SBD Global/June 20, 2012/Franchises
SPL CEO Neil Doncaster Says Clubs Torn On Rangers Vote
Published June 20, 2012
DIFFICULT VOTE: Meanwhile, in Glasgow, Colin Duncan reported that newco Rangers could "pay for the sins" of the old regime after the SPL confirmed that they "had a case to answer over alleged illegal payments to players." The Rangers "stand accused of using a dual contract/EBT system," and if found guilty "could be stripped of the league titles" won from '00-10. The Rangers also could be "expelled immediately" from the SPL, even if other clubs vote to allow them back in at a July 4 meeting. Early indications suggest the Rangers "will struggle to secure" the eight majority votes needed to win re-entry. St. Mirren and Motherwell issued statements that claimed that any club "found guilty of financial wrongdoing must be severely punished." Aberdeen, Hearts, Dundee United and Kilmarnock fans have "already urged their clubs to vote against a newco getting back in" (DAILY RECORD, 6/19). In London, Gabriele Marcotti noted that "this is a messy story, whose epilogue is bound to be both untidy and controversial." The situation "forces us to pit two of humanity's cardinal values against each other: justice on the one hand, the greater good on the other." If the newco Rangers application to the SPL is turned down, "they will enter the Scottish Football League's pyramid, possibly as far down as the third tier." The vote "presents a painful dilemma to the SPL clubs." To throw the Rangers out for cheating would be "justice." But the "greater good argument suggests that the interests of the other clubs is best served by letting them back in" (LONDON TIMES, 6/18).