The comments of Inverness Caledonian Thistle chief executive Scot Gardiner have appeared to ratify a string of WhatsApp messages which were leaked on Twitter.
Gardiner revealed details of WhatsApp conversations [Sportsound] between himself and representatives from fellow Championship no voters Partick Thistle and Dundee on BBC Sportsound.
In the comments, Gardiner claims Dundee gave Caley their “solemn word” they submitted a no vote to the SPFL’s season-defining and league ending proposals.
This is Eric Drysdale (Dundee) yesterday via WhatsApp, discussing how Dundee did submit their no vote to SPFL proposal. Gerry is Britton (Partick Thistle). Neil referred to is Doncaster, the Peter is Lawwell and the John is Nelms (Dundee owner). @4ladshadadream @ibroxrocks pic.twitter.com/Pf3PLb86tx
— Nick Russell (@Nick_Russell__) April 11, 2020
This has since sparked a furious conversation around what happened to the SPFL’s vote with the professional body saying they did not receive it.
If the WhatsApp conversations alluded to by Gardiner on Sportsound are the same as the leaked conversations on Twitter, then they provide greater detail on the situation.
Those chats – which would then have involved Dundee secretary Eric Drysdale – claim Dundee are now withholding their vote with the Dee now in a “stronger negotiating position”.
The messages also claim that Dundee are now being contacted by the “big hitters” although it does not allude to who these people are.
The chat logs also claim that Neil Doncaster phoned “Peter” in the immediate aftermath of the voting deadline of 5pm.
This is believed to be Peter Lawwell, Celtic’s chief executive who does not currently have a place on the SPFL board.
Drysdale is also said to have revealed that Dundee managing director John Nelms is now negotiating over their vote with the SPFL.
Rangers claim they have received evidence of foul play at the SPFL over the vote and have called for the suspension of chief exec Neil Doncaster and legal advisor Rod McKenzie [Rangers].