Wednesday, September 9, 2009

On Monday, the Scottish Football Association's appeal panel finally threw out Livingston's appeal against the Scottish Football League's two division demotion that was imposed last month.

The whole debacle has dragged on for months and Livingston's fate was finally sealed after a nine hour meeting in Glasgow. The Club do still have one final route of appeal, via the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but this is highly unlikely and Scottish football can temporarily close the door on the whole embarrassing situation.

I say temporarily as I'm sure it won't be long before Livingston are in the headlines again for all the wrong reasons.

Having refused to play their opening League fixture at East Stirling, the SFL could still impose a points penalty for this as well, which hopefully they will. Livingston tried to play hardball with the football authorities and came off a sorry second best and for this they should be additionally punished.

The craziest thing to come out of all this though is that fact that Livingston have decided to stay full time. Do they not learn from their previous failures and falls into administration? Clearly not. How long before the new regime are in a financial hole again?

Languishing in fourth bottom spot of the Scottish Third Division, with one win to show from their first three League games and two Cup exits, staying as a full time Club just makes no sense. To me it seems suicidal.

The new Chairman is encouraging the fans to come out and help the club's survivial but a massive 632 people was the attendance for their first home game since all the shenanigans. Loyal supporters, faithful through and through. Not a song sung at Almondvale I imagine.

Hopefully a large points deduction to kill of their season will also be the final nails in the coffin of Livingston FC. I'm sure most Socttish fans are fed up reading about them already this season.

There's other Scottish Clubs out there who are in dire troubles as well, such as Clyde and Stirling Albion. Too much has been written about a Club that has brought all the misfortune on itself. It's time now to talk about these other Clubs and give them our support and help to survive.

As far as we're concerned, Livingston can just rot away now. Scottish football would be all the better for it.


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