Aberdeen Told to Play the Game
Updated Monday, 10th December 2007
The club is to be supported in its decision to object to Aberdeen's request for a postponement of this Saturday's league game. This plea follow the SPL's agreement to Rangers and Gretna shelving last weekend's game. They'll live to regret that ill judged move.
It was clear to everyone that the SPL's decision last week would cause further requests from our European representatives. It could become standard practice that every club facing an important Uefa game will feel the need to plea for added preparation time. League schedules and fans' arrangements would be cast aside. Crowds would fall as league games are displaced from weekends to midweek.
The Motherwell board should be applauded for taking the principled stand that
In any event,
This is not the first time our friends from the north east have asked that Motherwell take a financial hit for their benefit. In January of this year they agreed to play a cup replay on a Thursday (in front of the $ky cameras). The prospect of an £80 000 windfall didn't stop them asking Motherwell to posptone our league game scheduled for the Saturday. We reckoned that move would cost £30 000 and declined. This provoked a rant from an outraged Jimmy Calderwood. (Greedy Dons Lose the Plot)
There is already chatter on some Dons' messageboards suggesting that they should boycott Fir park at the weekend though some posters point out that a five day gap between games should not have been reason to ask for a delay.
No doubt there will be more such disputes in this or subsequent seasons. The SPL made a big mistake in setting a precedent and they should think again.