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Inverness have contradicted a claim by Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster that no club had made allegations of bullying over the key vote which saw the three divisions below the Premiership curtailed.   (stock photo)

Inverness have contradicted a claim by Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster that no club had made allegations of bullying over the key vote which saw the three divisions below the Premiership curtailed. (stock photo)

Inverness have contradicted a claim by Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster that no club had made allegations of bullying over the key vote which saw the three divisions below the Premiership curtailed. (stock photo)

Inverness have contradicted a claim by Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster that no club had made allegations of bullying over the key vote which saw the three divisions below the Premiership curtailed.

In a lengthy statement which amounted to a scathing attack on the SPFL's handling of the entire process, Inverness said they were willing to testify to an allegation which they insist was reported on the day it occurred.

The statement said: "Without going into the specifics at this time, please know that we will testify to the bullying and threats made against our club on Friday, April 10 by an SPFL board member and the threats against others by the same SPFL board member. These threats were 'reported back to the centre' and to the SPFL CEO directly on the day with evidence at any genuine independent investigation with the proper and appropriate scope, should there be one, or at any further subsequent action thereafter. These were threats and not robust conversations."

Referring to both Doncaster and SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan, the statement later added: "It is also bemusing to hear them so publicly state they are unaware of any threats or bullying during the period of the 9th or 10th of April when the CEO knows what happened as it was reported to him..

Invernessissued the statement shortly after Doncaster told BBC Radio Scotland that discussions around the vote were "robust" but not out of the ordinary.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday's general meeting Doncaster said: "No club has reported bullying to me and as far as I'm aware to (chairman) Murdoch MacLennan either. Clearly there are robust exchanges between clubs. We were aware particularly in the Championship that these robust conversations were ongoing but nobody reported any bullying to me."

Belfast Telegraph