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SPFL chief Neil Doncaster insists no clubs made bullying allegations

:Headline: SPFL chief Neil Doncaster insists no clubs made bullying allegations:
Rangers hope to persuade clubs to instigate an independent investigation.

Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster insists no clubs made any bullying allegations to him at the time of the resolution to end the lower-league season.

Rangers have questioned Doncaster's response after claiming allegations were reported to him that a club representative on the SPFL board subjected other clubs to "threats".

Gers chairman Douglas Park has claimed Doncaster was "obliged" to investigate but the SPFL chief executive claims the discussions around the resolution were normal and no club asked for any issue to be taken forward.

Rangers want an inquiry into the vote to end the lower-league season (Jeff Holmes/PA)

Speaking ahead of Tuesday's general meeting, when Rangers hope to persuade clubs to instigate an independent investigation, Doncaster told BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound programme: "No club has reported bullying to me and as far as I'm aware to (chairman) Murdoch MacLennan either.

"Clearly there are robust exchanges between clubs. We were aware particularly in the Championship that these robust conversations were ongoing but nobody reported any bullying to me.

"A number of people expressed concerns about language that was used. There were suggestions, I believe, that if the resolution didn't pass then there might be an attempt to change the distribution mechanism in the Championship and perhaps make it more equal. That is the sort of discussion you would expect to go on.

"That's what happens when you have got these rough, tough business people in the game. There are no shrinking violets.

"We expect there to be robust conversations. That's wholly different from someone making a formal complaint of coercion or bullying, and that hasn't happened.

"If any club has evidence of bullying and wishes to make a formal complaint then they should do so and it will be dealt with in a formal way."

“My view is we are best spending our time and energy getting games back as safely as possible”
- Neil Doncaster

Doncaster also rejected Rangers' claims that a potential £10million liability for ending the season prematurely should have been made clear to clubs before the vote.

"The resolution did not trigger any liability," he said. "Any liability any league around Europe may face is down to the inability to play games. That is caused entirely by the Covid-19 crisis and in our case by a government directive that makes it clear there can be no football played until June 10 at the earliest.

"So the way we end the season is completely irrelevant. Unfortunately people are trying to conflate two issues which are unrelated."

Rangers have offered to fund an investigation themselves if clubs are concerned about the costs.

Doncaster said: "We will respect the outcome of the vote and I would hope others will respect the outcome of the vote because we are a democracy. My view is we are best spending our time and energy getting games back as safely as possible."

Park had stated in an interview with Sunday newspapers: "This episode is far from finished. Rangers will have no hesitation in the future in shining a light on poor corporate governance.

"I would like to think the SPFL might recognise its failings and accept that an Independent Investigation is necessary. It is not too late for them to do so consensually and start to build a better future for Scottish football."

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