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SBD Global/March 6, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Scottish Premier League CEO Neil Doncaster's Pay Raise Unpopular Among Fans

Scottish Premier League CEO Neil Doncaster pocketed a £28,000 ($42,000) pay raise last year "despite the Scottish game being in a critical state," according to Gavin Berry of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Fans "hit out at the inflation-busting deal," which saw his salary increase from £172,000 ($260,000) to £200,000 ($301,000). That rise was "revealed in the company accounts" and came despite a 6% fall in income from £22.7M ($34.3M) to £21.4M ($32.3M) (DAILY RECORD, 3/5). The SCOTSMAN reported Doncaster’s pay hike has "caused further puzzlement" as a replacement sponsor for Clydesdale Bank, whose deal ends this summer, has yet to be found. Rangers Supporters Assembly President Andy Kerr said, "It’s hard to believe that at a time when the game is struggling, Neil Doncaster is taking such inflation-busting rises. And that’s before we even get into the cost of appointing the legal eagles." Federation of Hearts Supporters Clubs General Secretary Steve Kilgour said, "How can they justify a wage rise like this for Doncaster? They withheld payments to Hearts when we were struggling to make payments on time" (SCOTSMAN, 3/5).
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