Why should fans pay the penalty for administration

Congratulations go to the players of Dundee and the fans who stuck by them for overcoming a points penalty that was calculated to send the club into a lower division.

Praise too for the fans of Stirling Albion who donated funds to the Dens Park club in it’s time of need despite the parlous league position of their own team.

When a club gets into financial difficulties you have to look at the people who make the financial decisions and it is usually the board of management.

It is not the team manager, the players or the fans who handle the club budget, so if there are financial problems they were caused by the people who sanctioned the various spends in the first place.

It matters not whether the overspend came about by player wages or the managers request to make expensive signings because items of this nature have to be sanctioned by the board or by a dictatorial chairman depending on who has control.

This issue is not about what happened to other clubs such as Livingston who were relegated to the lowest division because their players and fans also suffered because of the league’s penalty for going into administration.

Livingston officials were understandibly unsympathetic towards Dundee and it isĀ believed that Dundee did not endear themselves to other clubs during the season. But again this was understood to be an attitude at boardroom level and hardly the fault of either the players or their fans.

So if the league, as it must, punish clubs that go into administration, it should surely punish the real culprits by banning all members of the guilty club’s board from being part of any form of football administration for at least ten years.

A Alexander

Football daft for as long as I can remember. Lifelong Liverpool fan and Socialist. Has actually stood on the Anfield pitch. Played the game, refereed it and reported on it. Best playing time was at under 18 level and enjoyed indoor 5 aside until injury forced me out at 52.

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