Vital Football

Latest Dundee United News

Levein - Hearts Match Too Soon After Tragic Events

Levein - Hearts Match Too Soon After Tragic Events

Manager Craig Levein isn`t expecting a 5-star performance from his Dundee United players against Hearts this afternoon, after the traumatic events of last weekend.

Dundee United requested that the SPL clash against Hearts was postponed after Motherwell captain Phil O`Donnell passed away after the game at Fir Park.

However, the SPL chief`s in their infinite wisdom, refused to call-off the game and many are disgusted with their decision.

The Old Firm match and the Motherwell-Hibs game were postponed, but all the other SPL matches are going ahead because the SPL said their was no "direct link" between the clubs and the last Motherwell captain.

The Dundee United players are unlikely to have their minds on football, after witnessing O`Donnell collapse at Fir Park last weekend.

"My players indicated to me they would rather not play the game because they felt it was too soon after last weekend`s tragic events," Levein told the Dundee Courier.

"I don`t want to have a go at the SPL - Now is not the time for things like that, but I want to let people know that my players and everyone at Dundee United has great sympathy with Phil`s family and those who knew him."

"It`s a very difficult situation for everyone involved, including the SPL, so we will just get on with our business in a professional manner."

Dundee United Chairman Eddie Thompson is in total agreement with his manager, he said "The manager, on my instructions, got the players together after training and asked how they felt about what had happened at the weekend and about playing again so soon."

"One or two of our players were particularly involved in what occurred and the feeling was that the game had come a little too soon."

"I therefore contacted the SPL and asked that they consider our fixture be called off but they said no. I had lengthy discussions on the subject but they would not relent, so the match proceeds as planned."

Related Links
Vital Football:
Dundee United Site
Latest SPL News
Club Menu:
Arab News
Match Previews/Reports
Fixtures/League Tables
Match Stats
Arab Articles
Arab Polls
Arab Competitions
Half-Time Quizzes
Arab Facts
Arab Humour
Arab Songbook
Dufc History
Trophy Cabinet
Managerial History
Away From Home
SPL Firsts (2007/08)
Squad Profiles
ArabFC Polls
Other Links
Arab Articles:
Welcome to ArabFC
A Lovely Shade Of Tangerine
The History Of The Tangerine
Why Are Utd Fans Called Arabs?
Contribute To ArabFC:
The Big Appeal
Suggest An Article
Suggest A Poll
Have Your Say:
Sign Up To ArabFC
Dundee United Forums
All SPL Forums

Writer:Tactful Sheik
Date:Wednesday January 2 2008
Time: 2:23PM

Comments

0
Why did we have to play this game? Even the OF got thiers cancelled. The SPL is a joke and this proves what we have been saying for a long time!
hammy-dundee
11/01/2008 17:33:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Dundee United Articles

Dundee United 2 St Mirren 1

Substitute Thomas Mikkelsen headed a 75th minute winner as Dundee United lifted the Scottish Challenge Cup for the first time with a 2-1 victory against St Mirren at Fir Park.

Their on loan French striker Tony Andreu had volleyed them in front during the opening half but Rory Loy immediately replied.

Saints had most of the early opportunities with Loy only being denied by the woodwork and Lewis Morgan dragging across goal before Gary MacKenzie headed wide.

Both Andreu and Si

Delight for McKinnon

Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon was understandably delighted after his side proved victorious against St Mirren in the Scottish Challenge Cup Final.

Stats: Dundee United v St Mirren

All the stats from Dundee United (2) vs (1) St Mirren, Fir Park, Sat 25th Mar 12.30pm Att: 8,089

Team Line-Ups: Dundee United v St Mirren

Team line-ups for Dundee United v St Mirren in the Scottish Challenge Cup Final at Fir Park (kick-off 12.30pm).

Archived Vital Arabs Articles

Vital Arabs articles from

Site Journalists

Malpas
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Ray McKinnon was the right choice as manager?
Suggested By: Vital Arabs
Yes83%
No17%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Celtic 29 27 2 0 83 58
2 Aberdeen 29 18 4 7 58 29
3 Rangers 29 14 8 7 50 9
4 St. Johnstone 29 12 7 10 43 2
5 Hearts 29 11 8 10 41 13
6 Partick 29 8 10 11 34 -3
7 Kilmarnock 29 7 11 11 32 -17
8 Dundee 29 8 6 15 30 -9
9 Ross County 29 6 10 13 28 -17
10 Motherwell 29 7 6 16 27 -24
11 Inverness 29 4 12 13 24 -20
12 Hamilton 29 4 12 13 24 -21
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Dundee United Results (view all)

Dundee United Fixtures (view all)

Mar 28 2017 7:45PM : Ayr United (H)
Scottish Championship
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Queen of the South (a)
Scottish Championship
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Falkirk (H)
Scottish Championship
Apr 11 2017 7:45PM : Dunfermline Athletic (H)
Scottish Championship
Apr 15 2017 5:15PM : Ayr United (a)
Scottish Championship
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : St Mirren (H)
Scottish Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Bradc76 1
Write for Vital Football