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Milne calls for SPFL, SFA summit

By Richard Cooke

Last Updated: 08/10/18 9:06pm

Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne wants more consistency and transparency in Scottish football

Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne has called for the SPFL to seek a summit with the Scottish FA in the wake of "several controversial decisions" this season.

Milne believes there is "genuine concern" for the game in Scotland and has called for consistency and transparency.

The Aberdeen board were angered when the Dons were originally scheduled to play Rangers in the Betfred Cup semi-finals at Hampden Park at noon on Sunday October 28, with Celtic due to face Hearts at the same stadium later in the day.

They have also been upset with a number of decisions made by the SFA's disciplinary panel, including Scott McKenna's retrospective red card for a foul on Celtic's Odsonne Edouard.

Scott McKenna was given a two-game ban for his challenge on Celtic's Odsonne Edouard

Scott McKenna was given a two-game ban for his challenge on Celtic's Odsonne Edouard

Milne has now called on SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster to seek a summit with the SFA in order to establish a greater understanding for all the game's stakeholders, including clubs, players, authorities and supporters, as to the process and decision-making procedures employed by the governing body.

Commenting on Aberdeen's official website, he said: "I very much feel there is genuine concern for the state of the game in Scotland at the moment.

"We simply must have consistency and transparency or we all, as clubs, the SFA and the SPFL lose significant credibility and risk losing the fans who have been baffled by several of the outcomes arrived at recently.

"Without supporters there is no game and they, as we all do, deserve far more clarity and transparency than we have at present.

Milne is hoping SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster will get together with the SFA

Milne is hoping SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster will get together with the SFA

"There are so many positives in our game right now, from a great crop of top-class managers, to a very competitive Ladbrokes Premiership and two cracking Betfred Cup semi-finals to look forward to.

"Yet conversations and news headlines seem to be dominated by the several controversial decisions that have been arrived at, and we're only just into October, without having a clear understanding of the process and the reasons these were arrived at.

"It's imperative that we get everyone with a vested interest together, sooner rather than later, in order that future decisions can be clearly explained to the fans who must always be the main consideration."

The SPFL responded on Monday, saying: "We welcome this initiative suggested by Stewart Milne and are liaising with our colleagues at the Scottish FA.

"We look forward to positive discussions with all parties to enable greater understanding of the Scottish FA's disciplinary procedures."

The SFA added: "We welcome any opportunity to talk to our member clubs and I intend to speak with Aberdeen to better understand any outstanding concerns about our disciplinary process.

"From there we will consider raising any open issues at the Scottish FA's Professional Game Board, on which Aberdeen are represented, or through another appropriate forum."

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