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Threat of strike action by Scottish referees averted

August 7, 2008

Thanks to last ditch negotiations the threatened strike action by Scottish referees appears to have been averted by the intervention of the ‘Old Firm’, Rangers and Celtic.

In a joint statement broadcast live on the Carlos Santana sports channel, Rangers owner, Sir David Murray and Celtic chairman, former Home Secretary John Reid, revealed that the two Glasgow giants were prepared to make up the difference between the proposed match fee of £800 and the current £575 (which includes the sponsorship money received from Specsavers).
  
Spokesman for the Scottish Referees Union, Hugh Dullass, claimed that this increase would bring Scottish referee’s earnings into line with the officials of other major leagues, such as Lithuania, Bosnia Herzegovina and the Isles of Scilly.
When later quizzed as to why the ‘Big Two’ had stepped in at the brink to end the strike before the opening weekend of the new SPL season, Sir David Murray admitted “everyone knows that without the presence of the match officials, the duopoly of the ‘Old Firm’ would be impossible to maintain. I mean do you really think that our team, containing geriatric centrebacks David Weir and Christian Dailly could really manage to win the SPL without the help of 89th minute penalties, dodgy sendings off and excessive injury time? Football is ‘Big Business” and in big business the last thing you want to do is give your competitors a level playing field, just look at BAe systems and the Saudis, sometimes you just have to keep the people in charge sweet.”
With the dispute resolved fans of Scottish football will be relieved to  know that they can look forward to normal service being resumed from this weekend.
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