Monday, 4 May 2020

Combs and Conspiracy Theorists

The chair of Alloa Atheltic FC, Mike Mulraney, hits the nail on its head with his acerbic comment about Scottish football looking like "four baldy guys fighting over a comb".

The background to this farce is that without producing a shred of evidence to back up allegations of wrongdoing at the SPFL, Rangers FC are demanding an independent inquiry to expose the culprits whom they have already decided are guilty.

We shall see what happens at next week's emergency SPFL meeting, but Rangers are beginning to sound like Alex Salmond's supporters desperately plugging their conspiracy theories about the Scottish Government and the SNP.

SFA vice-president compares Rangers row with SPFL to "four baldy guys fighting over a comb"

By Matthew Lindsay - The Herald

SFA vice-president Mike Mulraney today compared the row between Rangers and the SPFL to “four baldy guys fighting over a comb”.

The Ibrox club, who are pushing for an independent investigation into the resolution on the end of the season, are set to share their “dossier of evidence” with other SPFL clubs this week.

They hope the proof of “bullying and coercion” which they say they have accumulated will convince enough backers to vote for an external inquiry at an extraordinary general meeting next week.

But Mulraney, the chairman of Ladbrokes Championship club Alloa Athletic, believes the safeguarding the long-term future of the Scottish game amid the coronavirus crisis is far more important.

Speaking on Sportsound on BBC Radio Scotland this afternoon, he said: “I understand that people are exercised by the happenings of what goes on. It is an imperfect world and when people are trying to react at pace there are frustrations on all sides, there are harsh words spoken on all sides.

“But in the context of what our game is facing its white noise. I am paying attention to it because of course it’s important in the context of that event. But in the context of what Scottish football is facing it’s kind of white noise.

“It’s like me and another four baldy guys fighting over a comb. It’s not really going to impact on the long-term future of Scottish football.

“I believe the SFA and everyone has a responsibility to make sure when my wee boy, who is six-years-old, is 16 he has a game he can meaningfully take part in.

“So, yeah, I understand how important it feels to those who are at the centre of it, but in the grand scheme of what Scottish football is facing, society is facing, it is not."