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DONS BLOW FOR SFL BID.

Byline: Michael Gannon

ABERDEEN will attempt to block moves to expand the SPL - because they'd prefer to see a 10-team top tier.

The Pittodrie club refused to be drawn on SFL proposals for a 16-team division as they were not consulted before the plans were leaked this week.

Aberdeen released a short statement which said: "We continue to engage with the other SPL clubs to develop the right plan for moving Scottish football forward.

"At this stage we'd prefer not to make any comment on the SFL plans as we have not seen or discussed them."

The Dons board will study the proposals but it is understood they are firmly against bringing in additional clubs and diluting the funds spread among the teams at the top. Aberdeen have continued to maintain their alliance with Celtic and voted against a change in the 11-1 SPL voting structure.

Both clubs would prefer a return to a 10-team top flight and an end to the split.

Aberdeen chief executive Duncan Fraser, who also sits on the SPL board, will argue against the proposals and also the prospect of altering the set-up to allow Rangers a speedier return to the SPL.

The Dons bowed to fan pressure and voted against allowing Rangers re-entry to the SPL after transferring assets to a new company.

With attendances on the up at Pittodrie they can't afford to undo the fans' goodwill.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Nov 14, 2012
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