Hibernian FC

CLUB STATEMENT

CLUB STATEMENT

By: Hibernian Media on 10 Apr, 2020 16:54

Hibernian FC today confirmed that it has voted to support the resolution put before the 42 clubs by the Board of the SPFL.

If passed, this will mean the lower leagues will be declared completed due to the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. Placings have been decided on average points per match basis. It is expected that greater clarity on guidelines from UEFA will be available later this month to inform any potential decision-making around the top-flight.

The club appreciates that such an outcome will not be agreed by all and has sympathy for those clubs who will be detrimentally affected. Indeed, our own club will suffer some negative impact in that we will be demoted by one place and see a subsequent reduction in prize money.

However, there is no 'silver bullet' that would provide a remedy suitable for all clubs, and with 30 matches played Hibernian believes there is no genuine or realistic prospect of bringing this season to a conclusion by playing eight rounds of matches without potentially creating massive disruption to next season as well as this season.

The top priority for Hibernian throughout this crisis has been the welfare of its people, supporters, and the wider community. Whilst Hibernian, like every club, would rather the season could be played to a conclusion, all the available evidence suggests there is no prospect of an imminent return to training or safely playing matches. In that context we believe the SPFL resolution is the 'least worst' available option open to our national sport.

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