Tuesday 14th April 2020

AS has been well publicised, a proposal was put to clubs by the SPFL last week, ending the 2019/20 season without another game being played, and agreeing ways of making decisions on lower league promotions and relegations.

Dumbarton FC voted for closure on the season and payments to clubs as soon as possible. This was the decision of the great majority of League One and League Two clubs, but the proposal (which requires 75% from all divisions to be implemented) is still one vote short of the required majority for the Championship.

Chairman John Steele explains: “While we understand and sympathise with the different views of some other clubs, our board discussed the issue in a conference call on Friday 10th April and agreed that it was in our interests to back the SPFL plan.

“Our own situation, and that of many smaller clubs, is that we need the payments just to keep going. Things are very tough financially. It was put to us that this was the way to achieve that.

“If the resolution is to be adopted, we would see that as a positive outcome. We are not ourselves in a position to worry about titles, relegations or the promise of league reconstruction. The financial survival of the club has to be our top priority.”

An SPFL spokesperson said last week: “It is very important that clubs consider carefully the resolution and we are grateful to those clubs who have voted already.

“With the Ladbrokes Premiership and Ladbrokes Leagues 1 & 2 divisions each having approved the resolution, we await the voting slip from the one Ladbrokes Championship club that has yet to vote. We will provide an update as soon as we are in a position to do so.”

Simon Barrow

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