Following critical statements from Hearts and Hibs about the decision to stagger the final round of Championship fixtures the SPFL have issued their own response saying that ‘it is not clear why this has caused such surprise’.
For over 30 years all Scottish league fixtures have finished on the same day creating incredible moments of drama and a level playing field.
In 2007 St Johnstone were in the dressing room at Hamilton thinking that they had gained promotion to the SPL when James Grady scored an injury time goal for Gretna at Ross County to take the borders side into the top flight. There are other examples though few quite as dramatic.
By putting Sevco’s match with Hearts back 24 hours the Ibrox side will know exactly what outcome is required with Hibs and Queen of the South completing their league programme the previous day.
That scenario prompted angry statements from both Edinburgh clubs questioning the sporting integrity of the switch with Hearts revealing that they were kept in the dark about the decision until 10.43am when they received an email from the SPFL.
Apparently oblivious to the idea of fairness the SPFL stated: “In response to recent criticisms of the Championship fixture scheduling for the weekend 2/3 May, we’d like to clarify some specific points.
“On this weekend, the Hearts v Rangers match is scheduled for Sunday 3 May to be broadcast on television and it is not clear to us why this has caused so much surprise. This is a key game in the Championship season and will inevitably attract huge interest from fans around the world.
“It is unreasonable to expect all Championship fixtures that weekend to move to the Sunday when a number of them will be unaffected by the Hearts v Rangers tie. However, as a result of this fixture, all Championship …read more
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