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SPFL push towards healing open wound

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The SPFL has claimed that several clubs have indicated that they want to establish a formula to allow the board to decide the season.

As plans were progressed for the start of the current season a proposal giving the SPFL board power to decide the season was thrown out by clubs with many still raw about the way that the 2019/20 season was decided by a vote amongst clubs.

Already this season Celtic, Aberdeen, Kilmarnock and St Mirren have had matches postponed on medical grounds with little scope for matches to be rescheduled.

Last season 10 of the top 12 clubs had played 30 matches when the season was decided on the basis of average points per game with two other clubs having an extra match to play.

Hearts took their grievance to the Court of Session to dispute the vote that resulted in them being relegated to the Championship which in turn resulted in a fine for the Edinburgh side taking a dispute outside of football.

BBC Scotland reports:

The SPFL is seeking to formulate a strategy for titles, promotions and relegations in the event of a coronavirus-related curtailment.

Among the questions, clubs are asked how many matches they think should have to be played before “valid” final placings can be decided rather than a season being declared void.

“Given the ongoing challenges caused to sport worldwide by Covid-19, several clubs have now indicated they have changed their position,” said SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster.

“The board wishes to establish if a sufficient number of clubs now wish to revisit this issue, so we can significantly reduce the uncertainty and division that arose towards the end of last season.”

Celtic were awarded the title based on taking an average of 2.67 points per match. With Null and Void not an option the big decision for clubs is to agree the number of matches that require to be completed before the SPFL board call the season over.

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