Inverness Caley Thistle have followed Rangers and Partick Thistle by slamming the conduct of the SPFL amid the global health crisis [ictfc.co.uk].
The Highlands club released a lengthy statement on Sunday afternoon, in reaction to league reconstruction talks collapsing on Saturday.
Caley Thistle, who finished second in the Championship table – after the season was ended by a vote on an SPFL resolution in April – stood a chance of being promoted to the top-flight if reconstruction had been approved.
Now that those hopes have been dashed, they’ve come out swinging at the governing body.
They claim that the news of a breakdown in reconstruction talks was ‘as inevitable as it was depressing’, before linking the discussions to the ‘disingenuous, incompetent shambles’ that began in early April around the SPFL’s proposal to end leagues [ictfc.co.uk].
Caley Thistle point to ‘arrogant, aggressive, mismanagement’ ever since which has been a ‘stain on the reputation of the SPFL’, accusing the governing body of failing in its duty of care for its member clubs and of rushing clubs into voting on a proposal which has now led to the ‘abhorrent’ relegations of Hearts, Partick Thistle and Stranraer.
Perhaps most importantly, though, the second-tier club confirm that they were subject to threatening and bullying behaviour by an SPFL board member during the voting process and are prepared to testify on the matter when the time comes.
Following the powerful statement released by Partick Thistle on Saturday afternoon, this stance taken by Caley Thistle is yet more evidence that this feud goes far beyond Rangers vs SPFL.
Multiple clubs feel they have been grossly wronged by the governing body and the contents of this statement corroborate claims made by Rangers in their dossier of evidence.
The Gers, Partick Thistle, Inverness, Hearts and Falkirk have all now taken a stand against the SPFL in recent days, as momentum starts to grow ahead of Tuesday’s EGM.
Many more clubs will need to side against the governing body if Rangers’ request for an independent investigation is to be granted, but with each passing day, discontent looks to be increasing across the league pyramid.