Scottish news

SPL consider tougher sanctions

April 11, 2012

Scottish Premier League clubs will vote this month on whether to introduce tougher sanctions for top-flight sides who go into administration or face liquidation.

The 12 clubs will consider a range of proposals to amend the SPL's rules at a general meeting on April 30 and, if adopted, the amendments will come into effect from May 14.

The move comes after Rangers were forced to call in the administrators on February 14, with liquidation still a possibility if a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) cannot be agreed with creditors.

The proposals include increasing the number of points docked from clubs who go into administration from 10 points to at least 15 points.

If Rangers are forced into liquidation, a 'Newco' would be deducted 10 points for two seasons if accepted straight back into the SPL.

A statement from the SPL confirmed: "On 30 April 2012 the SPL clubs will consider a range of proposals to amend the Articles and Rules of the SPL.

"Resolution 1 proposes an increase in the sporting sanction (points deduction) on any club which suffers or is subject to an insolvency event from 10 points to the greater of 15 points and one third of the club's SPL points in the preceding season.

"Resolution 2A proposes further sporting sanctions in the event that any club undergoes an insolvency transfer event (ie transfers its share in the SPL to a new company where this occurs because of the insolvency of the transferor) of 10 points in each of two consecutive seasons from the insolvency transfer event.''