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Null and Void verdict would leave clubs having to pay money back to SPFL!

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All Scottish clubs are scheduled to get a payment from the SPFL next month.

With no gate money coming in since the beginning of March the payment will be eagerly awaited and welcomed as clubs trim their operations to the bone.

All matchday staff are unlikely to be called upon for at least three months as the extent of Coronavirus takes grip over every aspect of the country.

With a largely anonymous lobby wanting the season declared null and void the reality of that decision would certainly send a number of clubs into administration.

It has been discussed that the SPFL have a £25m prize pot to be distributed but that money is paid back to clubs over the season. Declaring the campaign null and void would land clubs with a demand to repay fees to be passed back to sponsors and broadcasters.

The SPFL are waiting on instructions from UEFA today on how to resolve a number of issues with no firm answer yet on how the Premiership will be concluded with most clubs 30 matches into a 38 fixture schedule.

Celtic are a comfortable 13 points clear at the top of the Premiership but with Hearts just four points adrift at the foot of the table there are some complex issues to be resolved.

Yesterday’s statement from the Joint Response Group included a Q and A section

  1. What will the Scottish FA/SPFL be doing to support clubs who may experience financial difficulties as a result?
    The Scottish FA and SPFL are currently reviewing all their commercial contracts to understand the financial implications of the disruption so far.

    The SPFL advances club fees across the season.  The next such payment is due to be made in April.  It remains the intention of the SPFL Board to make April’s scheduled payment to clubs.  Likewise, the Scottish FA is investigating ways in which support can be established in respect of advanced payment of distribution moneys and other ways in which we can help minimise the burden for members, where practicable.

    As per an earlier Joint Response Group Update, the SPFL and the Scottish FA strongly advise clubs at all levels to review their insurance policies.

Any club pushing for the ‘null and void’ verdict will have to explain to other members why their April payment won’t be arriving.

UEFA will meet today to discuss the situation of the game in a video conference. This summer’s European Championships look certain to be a casualty but their guidance for domestic leagues and associations is keenly awaited.

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