Morton has issued a devastating statement taking the Daily Record to task.
This morning the Record’s ‘Army of Readers’ were informed of a serious of protocol breaches by the club which saw them ‘dragged to a tribunal’ where the book was apparently thrown at them.
Bearing in mind the issues at Ibrox and Murray Park last month ignored by the SFA it sounded like the Championship club were in serious bother.
In reality they were given a fine of £750 for playing an unauthorised friendly, the fine will come into play if they breach the rule over friendlies again this season.
— Daily Record Sport (@Record_Sport) April 14, 2021
This afternoon Morton stated:
The club can confirm that we have been disciplined for a breach of the SFA regulations in relation to a recent match played in Glasgow. The breach was brought to our attention after the game, and we immediately accepted that an error had been made in the facilitation of this match. We accepted responsibility for the breach and asked for an accelerated hearing to resolve matters quickly.
The club has been fined £750, but payment of the fine has been suspended until the end of the season on the assumption that we do not breach these rules again. If we adhere to the rules for the rest of the season, no fine will be payable.
Contrary to the sensationalist and inaccurate report in today’s Daily Record, there was no Pandemic breach, the club was not dragged before the compliance tribunal at Hampden today, and we never faced the possibility of having the “book thrown at us”. Rather, last week’s tribunal was very supportive and understanding of the position of the club in this matter.
The club would like to thank the SFA and the compliance unit for the courteous and sympathetic way in which this matter has been handled.