Neil Doncaster continues to deny that SPFL staff resorted to bullying during the April vote, contradicting the claims of Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Rangers.
The chief executive of the SPFL spoke to BBC Radio Sportsound on Sunday as the feud between the governing body and a growing number of Scottish clubs rumbles on.
In a dossier of evidence distributed to clubs on Thursday, Rangers claimed that both Dundee and Caley Thistle had been subject to bullying and threatening behaviour by an SPFL representative during the voting process which brought the Championship, League One and League Two seasons to an end in April.
On Sunday afternoon, Inverness released a statement referencing the bullying behaviour, asserting that they would testify on the matter if need be.
— Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC (@ICTFC) May 10, 2020
Yet, speaking a little earlier in the afternoon, Doncaster denied the allegations.
“A number of people expressed concerns about the language that was used,” he said on BBC Radio Sportsound. “There was a suggestion that if the resolution didn’t go through then there might be an attempt to change the [payment] distribution mechanism in the Championship and perhaps make it an equal share.”
“That is the sort of discussion you expect to go on. That’s what happens when you’ve got these rough, tough business people involved in the game. That’s wholly different from someone making a formal complaint or allegation of bullying, and that hasn’t happened.
“I would encourage anyone who feels they’ve been bullied by anyone to come forward and report it. It’ll be investigated and dealt with in the proper way.”
In quotes released on the Rangers website on Sunday morning, Douglas Park said there was still time for senior SPFL figures to admit wrongdoing and to consent to an independent investigation [Rangers.co.uk].
However, based on Doncaster’s latest comments, it looks unlikely that such a volte-face is in the pipeline.
The CEO has acknowledged that robust conversations were had. Yet, Inverness claim he’s aware much more than that took place, as their complaints were passed onto him at the time.
You have to wonder why Inverness would make such a claim if it were untrue but with Doncaster not budging, it looks like the only way the truth will come out is if Rangers’ resolution for an investigation is passed.