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Football: SFA to drive change in Scottish leagues

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Scotland's Football Association chiefs are ready to get involved in the plans to revamp Scottish football following the collapse of league reconstruction proposals.

Scottish Premier League clubs were thwarted in their bid to revolutionise their domestic set-up on Monday when two of their members, St Mirren and Ross County, voted against the plans.

The scheme would have seen a merged three division structure of 12, 12 and 18 teams, with extended play-offs, a fairer distribution of central income and a pyramid system allowing promotion from the non-league ranks.

Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne slammed St Mirren counterpart Stewart Gilmour for maintaining the status quo after the Scottish Premier League failed to secure the 11-1 vote necessary to send the plan to the Scottish Football League.

Now Gilmour has called for some form of mediation to find an agreement and the Scottish Football Association are ready to step in.

A statement released by the Board of the Scottish FA said: "Over the past 12 months, representatives of the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League have worked tirelessly and collaboratively to present an exciting and financially viable proposal designed to take Scottish football forward for all 42 clubs.

"The outcome of Monday's Scottish Premier League vote, however, has been characterised by acrimony and rancour.

"Scottish football, even in times of grim uncertainty, should uphold the value of mutual respect, especially among clubs who all have a place within their communities.

"It should be remembered that 10 out of 12 top-flight clubs voted in favour of change.

"It is with this in mind that the Scottish FA reiterates its commitment to restructuring on the five principles of a single league body, fairer financial distribution, introduction of play-offs, parachute payments and a pyramid below the third division.

"The governing body calls on both the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League to re-affirm their commitment to the five principles."

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