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SBD Global/April 22, 2014/International Football

Man Behind Scottish FA Proposal For Change Denies Bid To Seize Money, Power

The man behind four proposals to be put to the annual general meeting of the Scottish FA next month "has denied claims that they are an attempt by leading members of the Scottish Premier League to seize more money and power," according to Stuart Bathgate of the SCOTSMAN. Scottish Football League Second Division side Alloa Athletic Chair Mike Mulraney believes that, far from trying to “hijack” the SFA, his proposals are "designed to further the reforms that were introduced a year ago" when the old SPL and Scottish Football League "were reunited into a single body." The proposals "have the support of other leading SPFL figures and will be discussed" at the annual general meeting on May 27. Three suggest rule changes, while the fourth is a recommendation, "to be considered by the SFA board." Perhaps the "most significant threat," as perceived by the SFA and its allies, "is to grassroots funding." Organizations such as Tesco Bank and McDonald’s "invest in the game at community level, and could be concerned if the money they put in came under the control, or even partial control, of leading SPFL figures." Responding to that suggestion, Mulraney said that he and his colleagues "had no intention of grabbing funds or endangering current investment." Mulraney: "We don’t want the money. We want it to be spent properly" (SCOTSMAN, 4/21). In Glasgow, Craig Swan reported former SFA President George Peat "slammed SPFL plans to grab SFA cash -- and placed a massive question mark beside the motives of their apparent U-turn." Peat "was shocked by revelations of four shock resolutions the league body have proposed for the SFA AGM next month" (DAILY RECORD, 4/21).
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