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SBD Global/November 20, 2012/International Football
Scottish Premier League Clubs Unanimously Agree To Pursue Expansion Of The Top Flight
Published November 20, 2012
SFL PLAN IS BEST: In Glasgow, James Traynor states it's "difficult to know the best place to begin, what to say or which group to support." There are so many people "whispering and cajoling and trying to gain backing for their ideas and plans, which they claim would make Scottish football better. Sadly, we’ve heard it all before." Traynor said of the SPL plan, "Frankly, though, this is intellect at a bungalow level. It isn’t clever, it isn’t radical and it isn’t new. Instead of thinking about the greater good of the game this is just another shoddy attempt by a handful of clubs, who see themselves as bigger than the reality suggests, to protect what they have at the moment." He continued: "But this is also about a stubborn refusal to accept there might be more intelligence within the SFL, that directors of smaller clubs can think on a grand scale. The attitude is insulting but if the SFL, who were left behind when the SPL was formed in 1998, remain united they can succeed with their proposal and bring an end to the SPL which has been shown to be shambolic and vindictive." The SFL’s "proposal isn’t perfect, but it is more radical and more intelligent than anything the top flight have come up with and it addresses the needs of fans." Also "weren’t the SPL clubs fond of telling everyone they had no choice but to listen to their supporters during the close season? Hopefully they’ll still be listening when the same fans tell them where to stick their SPL 2" (DAILY RECORD, 11/19).