Dundee lose appeal.

Last updated : 26 July 2005 By Dov

SPL status confirmed

25.07.05: Livingston’s position in the SPL was confirmed tonight when an appeal by Dundee was rejected by the Scottish Football Association.

Dundee, who dropped to the First Division in May, campaigned for Livingston to be relegated instead on the basis of the club’s registration of Hassan Kachloul after the SPL found the club to have committed a “technical” breach of regulations but confirmed that the player’s signing had no material affect on the outcome of the league.

“We had no doubt about our position in the SPL throughout this unnecessary, expensive and time-consuming inquiry,” said a club spokesman.

“Livingston acted in good faith in its signing of Hassan Kachloul, we did so based on information received about the player’s registration, and would have preferred to have signed him as a professional — as we did with Pascal Nouma on the same day — had we known this option was open to us.

“We finished 10th last season, ahead of both Dunfermline and Dundee, both of whom failed to beat Livingston, or to perform better than our team, over 38 games last season. The league does not lie.”

Despite the off-field speculation, Livingston have continued to build the first-team squad in readiness for the SPL season which opens this weekend, signing six players with the possibility of more to come.

Livingston came out of administration under new ownership earlier this year, and are all set for the new season with a new manager, additional players and plans to celebrate the club’s 10th anniversary.