Vital Football

Latest Dundee United News

Dundee Upset By Result Of Coin Toss

Dundee Upset By Result Of Coin Toss

Dundee United have won the right to host both Motherwell on Celtic on a Saturday afternoon, by beating local rivals Dundee on the flip of a coin - but the Dens Park club are far from happy at having to move 2 matches back to Sunday afternoons.

Dundee are upset that they've had to move 2 Division 1 games back 24 hours to accommodate Dundee United, despite the Tannadice club already losing out twice this season in similar scheduling clashes.

Earlier this year, United were granted permission to move their New Year's day clash with Falkirk back 24-hours, but since Dundee were due to play Livingston on the same afternoon, the Tannadice match had remained on the 1st of January.

Craig Levein's side eventually lost 5-1 to the Bairns on New Year's day, their 2nd game in just 3 days after beating Aberdeen 3-1 at home a few days earlier.

Then, when both city clubs were drawn at home in the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup, it was Dundee that had priority again - after they came out of the 'hat' first and United were forced to play their cup match on the Sunday instead.

Dundee United's Scottish Cup clash against Saint Mirren was eventually postponed by the SFA - because many of Craig Levein's 1st team were struck-down by a vicious flu bug that swept through the ranks.

Still, it would have been only fair that Dundee United should have first choice the next time there was a scheduling clash - but Dundee refused to back down and the dates were decided by the toss of a coin.

United director Gibby Haggart won the toss and that means Tannadice will play host to both Motherwell and Celtic on Saturday afternoon's next month - Saturday 10th March and Saturday 31st March respectively,

"It shouldn't have been allowed to come to this but thankfully it has been resolved now," said director Haggart.

However, Dundee chief executive Dave McKinnon wasn't happy that this fixture-farce had to be decided by flipping a coin, because the SFA and the SPL should've taken steps to prevent such problems occurring at the start of the season.

"It's a shame we've lost but we'll stick by the way the coin fell and move our games," admitted McKinnon.

"The entire thing has been a nonsense from start to finish because this should never have been allowed to happen."

"The clubs complained about too many clashes last season but again this year we've ended up with games going head-to-head one week and no games at all in the city the next."

"We contacted the SPL and SFL to sort it out but too many people are driven by self-interest and are happy to turn their back on their responsibilities."

"It's time everyone started looking at the bigger picture and working together. I wasn't happy with the position we were left in. The onus has really been left on us to sort out a problem on behalf of the SPL and SFL."

"It's incredible that both United and ourselves have been put in this position, especially as this issue has dragged on for a few seasons now."

Although, SFL secretary Peter Donald explained that the SPL's hands are tied, because of agreement with sports channel Setanta - which dictates when live matches must be scheduled.

"We had a meeting with the SPL but there was little flexibility in the SPL fixture list because of their contractual obligations to Setanta," he admitted.

"Although the SPL indicated there may be a possibility to relocate the Motherwell fixture, but there would then be a pressure to fulfill their fixtures with them having a game so soon on the following Tuesday."

Related Links
Vital Football:
Dundee United Site
Latest SPL News
More United News:
News Archive
Levein Goes Scouting For Talent
More Injury Worries For Craig Levein
Celtic Can Still Beat AC Milan
Weekend Used For Shooting Practice
Goodwillie Not Joining Airdrie...Yet
We Benefit From Watching AC Milan
Only £251,535 Behind Hull City?
We Have Our Own Shunsuke Nakamura!
Dundee Utd Should Have Beaten Hibs
Arabs 0, Hibernian 0
1 Win In 15 Games vs Hibs?
Have Your Say:
Dundee United Forums
All SPL Forums

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Arab Jacques
Date:Saturday February 24 2007
Time: 6:00AM

Comments

0
any minute now im expecting dayzo or some other dee to make some comment along the lines of "about time you lot beat dundee at something"
well, i can garuntee we will beat dundee on total attendances, money received from live matches on setanta, money for being in the spl, etc, etc, etc!
to quote a favourite song of mine - you're not very good, you're not very good, etc
shingles
24/02/2007 11:23:00
0
Sorry I'm late - Unite dbeating Dundee at something now that's a first!
Dayzo
25/02/2007 10:11:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Dundee United Articles

Video: Hamilton Academical (H)

Dundee United are on the verge of relegation following their 3-1 home defeat to Hamilton Academical.

Not good enough - Paatelainnan

Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainnan admits he's made mistakes this season.

Tangerines close to drop

Dundee United are on the verge of relegation following their 3-1 home defeat to Hamilton Academical.

Grant Gillespie gave the visitors an early lead and Carlton Morris struck twice more after the break.

Substitute Simon Murray scored a late consolation but United could actually be relegated by city rivals Dundee next week.

The visitors began strongly with Dougie Imrie calling Eiji Kawashima into action after Ali Crawford was twice blocked.

Accies were soon rewarded as

Stats: Dundee United v Hamilton Academical

All the stats from Dundee United (1) vs (3) Hamilton Academical, Tannadice, Sun 24th Apr 3.00pm Att:

Archived Vital Arabs Articles

Vital Arabs articles from

Site Journalists

Malpas
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Mixu Paatelainen was the right choice?
Suggested By: Vital Arabs
Yes61%
No39%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Celtic 34 23 8 3 77 53
2 Aberdeen 34 21 5 8 68 17
3 Hearts 34 17 9 8 60 20
4 Motherwell 34 14 5 15 47 -7
5 St. Johnstone 34 13 7 14 46 0
6 Ross County 34 13 5 16 44 -7
7 Dundee 34 10 14 10 44 0
8 Inverness 34 11 10 13 43 -1
9 Partick 34 11 8 15 41 -8
10 Hamilton 34 10 9 15 39 -17
11 Kilmarnock 34 8 8 18 32 -23
12 Dundee United 34 6 6 22 24 -27
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Dundee United Results (view all)

Dundee United Fixtures (view all)