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Claim Inverness Caledonian Thistle wanted to void season 'without foundation', says chairman Ross Morrison

By Andrew Henderson

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle chairman Ross Morrison has released a statement defending the club, and its chief executive officer Scot Gardiner.

It is the latest in a string of public messages stemming from the SPFL vote to curtail the 2019/20 season for the Championship, League One and League Two, and comes while an EGM with SPFL clubs is on-going.

Ahead of today's meeting, Inverness had called for a truly independent investigation into the vote, while also backing up claims of bullying and threatening behaviour made to clubs to convince them to vote in favour of the resolution.

Dunfermline Athletic chairman Ross McArthur yesterday responded to that claim, denying that he had threatened anyone and accused ICT's Gardiner of being the aggressor.

ICT chairman Ross Morrison has come out defending the club's part in last month's SPFL vote and chief executive Scot Gardiner. Picture: Callum Mackay
ICT chairman Ross Morrison has come out defending the club's part in last month's SPFL vote and chief executive Scot Gardiner. Picture: Callum Mackay

This morning the Daily Record followed that up with an article, purporting to have evidence that Inverness were behind an alternative plan to void the season.

But Morrison has now publicly attacked the report, saying there is no truth in it whatsoever.

"This shameful attack on the integrity our CEO in this morning’s Daily Record is totally without foundation and I will be speaking publicly later in the week in greater detail on just how far fetched and ridiculous this is," Morrison insisted in the statement on Caley Thistle's website.

"It would be laughable if it wasn’t such a crass attempt to attack an individual who, alongside myself, has been entirely truthful and consistent throughout this sorry and unprofessional debacle.

"From the outset we argued for a change in the resolution so that monies could be paid out on places as we all stand in order to get help to those who desperately needed it and that no relegation shouldtake place.

"A priority was that further harm should not be inflicted upon fellow members at a time of crisis. That was it and our statement on Sunday reiterated that we did not, a any time, have issue with titles being awarded.

"Suggesting that we were attempting to do something which would lose the club the best part of £200,000 is quite preposterous. Every reasonable person will see that.

"We were asked to support a resolution with Rangers and Hearts that sought to pay out the fees on places but not to conflate it with relegation. It did that and that alone. That was the only other resolution we put forward or discussed with anyone and even then, only as a signatory.

"There is not a scintilla of truth in this disgraceful hatchet piece published in that Glasgow newspaper today. It is utterly without foundation and I can tell you the “secret Inverness plan” was so secret that no-one in Inverness knew about it!

"It would be funny if it were not so shameless and designed to tarnish our club and our CEO. I also take it personally and we will not stand for it."

Morrison's full statement can be read here.

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