Scottish Championship, League One and League Two seasons ENDED with immediate effect after Dundee reverse decision to reject proposals
- The directors’ written resolution was passed on Wednesday evening
- Motion passed after Dundee reversed an earlier intention to reject the proposals
- Dundee United have been declared champions of the Ladbrokes Championship
- Raith Rovers claimed League One title and Cove Rangers the League Two crown
Scottish clubs have voted to end the Scottish Professional Football League season outside the top-flight with immediate effect.
The announcement comes after Dundee reversed an earlier intention to reject the proposals, thus achieving the numbers required for the motion to pass.
Dundee had initially submitted an electronic ‘no’ vote but it did not reach the SPFL and the club only realised when the league announced the results on Friday.
Scottish clubs have voted to end seasons in the second, third and fourth divisions
In a statement the SPFL said: ‘The SPFL has announced that the directors’ written resolution ending season 2019/20 in the Ladbrokes Championship, Ladbrokes League One and Ladbrokes League Two, has been passed with agreement by 81 per cent of all members.
‘The announcement comes after the remaining Ladbrokes Championship club signified their agreement to the resolution today, resulting in Dundee United FC being declared champions of the Ladbrokes Championship, Raith Rovers FC being declared champions of Ladbrokes League One, and Cove Rangers FC being declared champions of Ladbrokes League Two.’
SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan said: ‘With the turmoil and uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, there was always going to be a highly-charged and passionate debate about how we secure the future of Scottish football.
‘It is no exaggeration to say that this was an existential matter for Scottish clubs, with many of them telling us they were at real risk of going under unless the situation was resolved very quickly, so I’m pleased that the game has moved decisively.
Dundee United have been declared champions of the Ladbrokes Championship
‘Whilst more than 80 per cent of clubs agreed with the directors’ written resolution, it’s clear that others were strongly opposed.
‘There has been talk of voiding the season, making emergency loans and so on, but what has been agreed today is not just the best way forward, it was the only realistic way forward and I now call on all 42 clubs to move forward in a constructive and positive way.’
League One bottom club Stranraer, one of two sides along with Partick Thistle to have their relegation confirmed as a result of the decision, described it as ‘grossly unfair’.
In a statement the club said: ‘At this unprecedented time we felt unanimously as a committee that no football club, Stranraer FC or any other, should be at a detriment due to this horrendous situation.
‘It is grossly unfair that any club should be relegated from their respective league whilst a quarter of the season still remains.
‘We strongly felt that at this time more than any other that Scottish football should demonstrate the absolute philosophy of real ‘sporting integrity’ in order to ensure a collective responsibility to all member clubs.’
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