Dundee fined by SPFL for condition of Dens Park pitch after five postponements | Football News

Dundee have been fined by the SPFL after the condition of the Dens Park pitch caused several postponements this season.

A disciplinary hearing resulted in the club being fined £186,000, with £120,000 suspended until the end of season 2024/25 and would only be payable if there are continued problems.

The Premiership club had been called to account by the league after games were postponed on five occasions because of the condition of the playing surface.

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Dundee’s game against Rangers went ahead on Wednesday night, live on Sky Sports, after two previous call-offs due to the surface being unplayable.

A statement from the SPFL read: “At a disciplinary hearing today (18 April 2024), Dundee FC admitted five separate breaches of SPFL rules relating to their Dens Park pitch.

“This followed postponements of cinch Premiership matches on 7 October 2023, 23 December 2023, 2 January 2024, 17 March 2024, and 10 April 2024.

“As a result, Dundee were fined £186,000, of which £120,000 is suspended until the end of season 2024/25.

“This suspended element will be automatically triggered in the event of a further breach of SPFL rules relating to pitch condition next season.

“SPFL rules on pitch condition are an integral part of maintaining a fair league competition.”

Dundee consider appeal

Dundee are unhappy with the verdict and are seeking legal advice with regards to an appeal.

A club statement read: “Dundee Football Club are deeply disappointed with the severity of the punishment and are currently seeking legal advice with regards to an appeal.

“The club will be making no further comment on the outcome while we seek legal advice.”

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DUNDEE, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 05: A close-up of the new SPFL ball before a cinch Premiership match between Dundee and Motherwell at Dens Park, on August 05, 2023, in Dundee, Scotland. (Photo by Sammy Turner / SNS Group)

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