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SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster

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SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster

Dunfermline chairman Ross McArthur has hit back at suggestions he was behind alleged bullying over the key vote which saw the three SPFL divisions below the Premiership curtailed.

Inverness, who miss out on promotion to the top tier as a result of the ballot, released an angry statement on Sunday saying they had proof that bullying had taken place.

They did not name McArthur, who is also on the SPFL board, but the Dunfermline chief felt he had been accused.

The war of words comes ahead of today's general meeting, when Rangers hope to persuade clubs to instigate an independent investigation into the vote.

The Ibrox club have long called for an inquiry into the handling of the vote and demanded the suspension of SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster.

McArthur has felt the need to clear his name.

"The individuals have been very careful not to mention me by name, but their intended target is clearly apparent," he said.

"Since the SPFL director's resolution was first issued, a number of clubs in the Championship would confirm it is the behaviour of Inverness that has continually been aggressive and confrontational.

"However, no one felt it necessary to win points in public.

"The endless point scoring is becoming tiresome, and I would have preferred to rise above it, but I have a duty to protect the reputation of Dunfermline Athletic FC."

Inverness' allegations are regarding messages sent in a WhatsApp group.

McArthur added: "As confirmed by their own leaked WhatsApp message group, I clearly did so as Dunfermline Athletic FC chairman and NOT as an SPFL board member (as was expressly agreed and verified, before the call with other Championship clubs).

"It most certainly wasn't a threat, simply a potential consequence of their action not to back the SPFL resolution."

Premiership Aberdeen and Championship Partick have signalled intent to vote in favour of an independent inquiry.

Belfast Telegraph