SPL response re match postponed

Published on Tuesday 1st January, 2008 by Celtic Trust

SPL response re matches postponed following the death of Phil O'Donnell

The following email was sent to the SFA regarding the late postponement of games as a mark of respect to the family of Phil O'Donnell: Could you please explain why it took so long to call off the matches recently, especially the Old Firm derby? In hindsight, should you not have cancelled all games on the Saturday/Sunday? We look forward to your response. K Butler Celtic Trust Here is the reply Kenny, Thank you for your email. We fully understand the sentiment behind your comments and recognise and respect your views. The tragic events of Saturday evening have hit everyone hard. All of us at the Scottish Premier League are devastated at the awful, untimely death of Phil O'Donnell. He will be sadly missed by everyone in Scottish football. Our decisions were driven by the best of motives. We wanted Wednesday to be a day of respect to the memory of Phil. But we fully accept that a large number of people feel that the decision not to postpone all our matches on 2nd January was a wrong one. Our priority was to be sensitive to the needs of Phil's family and Motherwell FC. Motherwell's games away to Hibernian on 2nd January and at home to Celtic on the 6th were postponed as a result of this. Gretna's fixture at Fir Park against St Mirren was also called off as it was clear that Fir Park had become a place of homage to Phil. Following a request from Celtic and consultation with Rangers it was recognised that, as a former player, Phil was part of Celtic's extended football family and we agreed to postpone the Old Firm fixture on 2nd January. We felt that the appropriate way to remember and to honour Phil was for the remaining games to go ahead with the clubs, players and fans involved paying tribute to his contribution to Scottish football prior to those matches and to remember his wife and family. We are sorry that you do not share this view. Regards Greig Mailer David Ogilvie Scottish Premier League Hampden Park, Glasgow. G42 9DE Tel: 0141 620 4156 Fax: 0141 620 4141 Email: davidogilvie@scotprem.com Web: www.scotprem.com

 
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