Football clubs in Scotland stiffen insolvency punishments

Mon, 27 Apr 2015 | ADMINISTRATION

The punishment for Scottish football clubs entering insolvency has been increased following a decision by the country's most senior clubs.

An immediate 15-point deduction will be applied to any club that enters administration and a further five points will be deducted from the club in the following season.

This is an increase from the current regulations which impose a one-off 15-point penalty for the first instance of administration and a 25-point deduction for a second instance of insolvency should it occur within a five-year period.

The amendment was reportedly “approved overwhelmingly by clubs” during the Scottish Professional Football League meeting at Hampden Park.

Among the clubs to attend the meeting was Hibernian FC, who welcomed the decision and the move to tighten the regulations.

There have been a number of insolvencies in Scottish football over recent years. Dundee and Livingston have actually gone through the insolvency process twice in the past six years, while Dunfermline Athletic have entered administration once, along with Hearts and Rangers.

Hearts suffered a particularly drawn out insolvency with around 11 months spent in administration before businesswoman Ann Budge was able to finalise the deal to take control of the club.

Read more about Hearts' administration.


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