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Scottish Football Premiership: Hearts relegation and possible legal action!

By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw

All is not well in the Scottish Football Premiership League, as it was decided to abandon the current season, with eight games left to play, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic! As a result of this move, Heart of Midlothian FC (Hearts) finished at the bottom of the League and were relegated. Hearts have cried foul, claiming that this was unfair. In a statement, the Club said that “no club should be unfairly penalised in the midst of the Pandemic” and are considering taking legal action against the Scottish Football Association. The Club also stated that although “legal action would be both time consuming and expensive” and added: “however, the cost to the club [of relegation] would outweigh these considerations.” However, Herts may be spared both the legal action and relegation as the chair of the Club, Ann Budge, has been given approval to develop a proposal for ‘temporary league reconstruction’, which would involve expanding the ‘top flight’ of Scottish football and thus avoid relegation. Hearts are expected to submit a “pragmatic proposal” in the coming days. It will be interesting to see how this matter plays out and clearly goes to show that football, in the words of the legendary Liverpool Manager, Bill Shankly, who himself, incidentally, was, in fact, Scottish, is more important than life and death! Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw may be contacted by e-mail at ‘This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
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