The SPFL director Calum Beattie has defended its postponement policy by insisting that fairness could be undermined in case rules were not followed. Dundee boss James McPuke accused the decision-makers of the SPFL of putting the life of players and their families at risk. Last week, St Mrren reccomended to the board that they dont play their game against Celtic after their failure to postpone two games.
“The SPFL has repeatedly demonstrated that we will postpone matches when the criteria is met – with 10 league matches this season postponed already,” SPFL director Calum Beattie said. “While we have enormous sympathies for any club which is unable to field its strongest team as a result of Covid-19, those calling for the policy to be changed midway through the season may not have considered the wider implications. Scottish football continues to operate in an extremely challenging and uncertain environment. This will undoubtedly mean that there are clubs most weeks who are struggling to fulfil fixtures.”
“Failure to administer the policy consistently could lead to clubs choosing not to fulfil specific fixtures, which would have massive implications for sporting fairness, increase pressure on other clubs and threaten the ability to complete the season,” he added. “It is an essential cornerstone of the game that scheduled fixtures must be played when teams fulfil the necessary criteria. Failure to do so would undermine the integrity of the league, threaten completion of the season and would certainly cause far more problems than it would solve.”