SPL clubs to discuss breakaway

QPR midfielder Stephane Mbia has denied using Twitter to express

his interest in a move away from the relegated club.

Rangers have slipped back into the Championship after only a

two-year stint in the Premier League and manager Harry Redknapp has

admitted he wants to offload a number of his players.

Mbia only joined QPR from Marseille last summer, but it appeared

that he contacted Joey Barton, who moved to the Ligue 1 club as

part of the deal, to suggest they swap clubs.

A public message sent from Mbia’s account read: “So… Seriously

@Joey7Barton do you want rechange your seat with me? #qpr #om”

Ian Taylor, the club’s head of media and communications, said he

had spoken to Mbia and released a statement via the social

networking site.

It read: “The club is aware of tweets from the official Twitter

account of #QPR midfielder Stephane Mbia today

“Stephane Mbia has informed the club he is not responsible for

these tweets.

“The club will continue to investigate and deal with the issue


Mbia has since told The Guardian: “I do not know how this

happened. Someone must have got hold of my login and password

because I did not write these things.

“This was not me. I did not write the tweets, and I have made

people at the club aware of that.

“I saw the messages this morning and spoke with the club about

them, but now I see there are more appearing in my name.”

Barton responded to the tweet by calling on QPR’s players to

pull together after their relegation.

“How do I answer this politically? Er…Nope #allezLOM,” he


“If you go down with a team, you should stay and help them up

mate. They need you all to stick together and help them back.”

The 12 Scottish Premier League clubs met last week to discuss a

number of options for introducing play-offs between the top two


Since then, 10 clubs sent a proposal to the SPL asking to join

their ranks in a breakaway from the Scottish Football League.

Dundee, who were relegated on Sunday, have a foot in both camps

as they will be able to speak for their future second-tier


It is understood there are three options other than the status

quo that will be discussed by the 12 clubs on Tuesday.

One is the introduction of play-offs between the SPL and SFL.

The second is the introduction of play-offs in a new structure with

an all-through distribution model with the other option being the

possibility of an SPL2.

St Mirren and Ross County both vetoed plans for a new merged

structure last month after being unconvinced of the merits of the

proposed split of the top two divisions into three after 22


Both clubs are understood to be more favourable towards

play-offs and have publicly questioned the wisdom of a split, but

other clubs might need to be convinced over opening themselves up

to an increased chance of relegation without creating enough extra

revenue for the second tier.

There are just five weeks left until the fixtures are due out,

with the SPL season scheduled to start on August 3, but it is

understood league officials are comfortable that any agreement

could be actioned at any stage before the publication.

Dundee manager John Brown is optimistic some progress can be

made on Tuesday.

Brown told BBC Scotland: “I think tomorrow could be the point

where we get a decision.

“What I’m hearing, there will be decisions made tomorrow and

hopefully it’s for the best of Scottish football.

“We need to do it soon. We’re becoming a mockery here – we need

to come up with the answers.”