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By ESPN Staff
May 23, 2006

UEFA concerned over rebel Scottish clubs

UEFA have expressed concern at the rebel Scottish First Division clubs' threat to form a breakaway league.

Representatives from First Division clubs met at Airdrie's Excelsior Stadium to discuss the future of the Scottish Football League.

They are concerned at the lack of money, with no sponsorship or television deal in place for next season.

But UEFA chief executive Lars-Christer Olsson said: 'I don't think there is any need for any radical breakaway league.

'It's our task to provide opportunities for everybody to participate.'

Olsson added: 'This sounds a bit strange and it sounds like the G14 disease is spreading all over Europe. There is no good reason for a breakaway.'

Livingston chairman Pears Flynn, whose club were relegated from the Bank of Scotland Premier League last season, is driving the move along with Clyde and Hamilton.

'I hope for some positive action,' said Flynn. 'We really should take positive action.'

But the rebel clubs need 80% of the votes from all the SFL member clubs at Friday's AGM and UEFA to ratify the plans.

That is not looking promising and Partick chairman Brown McMaster told Scotland Today: 'I don't know what the breakaway is to be honest.

'We have come along as we're now in the First Division. There is a lot of talking to be done.'

Airdrie chairman Jim Ballantyne added: 'The most important thing about the meeting is to ask questions rather than find answers.

'We have to see what we are trying to solve and once that part is sorted out we can look for solutions.

'But there's too many people firing off all over the place at the moment.'