Doncaster puzzled by newco opposition

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Neil Doncaster

Scottish Premier League chief executive Neil Doncaster fails to understand why a huge distinction is being made between a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) and 'newco' exit from administration for Rangers.

The SPL clubs are due to meet next Wednesday to discuss financial fair play rules and vote, at the third time of asking after two postponements, on increased sanctions for newcos and clubs going into administration.

New rules would see clubs in administration lose at least 10 points - cut from the original proposal of 15 - or a third of their previous season's tally, whichever is greater.

The proposed rule changes would also see clubs who undergo an "insolvency transfer" docked 10 points for two seasons and lose 75% of their income for three years.

Rangers' prospective owner Charles Green and his consortium plan to push for a newco if the CVA is rejected but many non-Gers fans oppose an Ibrox newco being allowed to remain in the SPL or favour more swingeing penalties if that is to happen - which puzzles Doncaster.

Speaking at Hampden he said: "There is certainly a distinction between a CVA and a newco, without any doubt. But newcos have been allowed within UK football for many years, newco is typically the way that businesses in general escape from administration, it is far more common than a CVA route.

"So I am not entirely sure why such a distinction is drawn between the two routes out of administration. You achieve a sporting advantage over other clubs by going into administration, therefore you should receive a sporting penalty for going into administration in the first place, that seems to me to be entirely logical."

Doncaster summarised what the SPL clubs will be discussing and voting on at the national stadium next week.

He said: "There is a number of financial fair play resolutions to be considered, one of those will potentially increase the sanctions on any club going into administration in the future. There are two resolutions that deal with newco and what might be a penalty for a club escaping administration via a newco route.

"There are new resolutions that would make it an offence not to pay the players or the tax man on time and there are various tidying-up resolutions that will be considered. Separately, there will also be a members requisite resolution which is an attempt to change the voting rules in the SPL."

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