SPFL directors have called an emergency meeting after Hamilton Academical was defrauded of £1 million last week in a brazen cyber-attack. The club have been forced to put plans for a £350,000 indoor sports hall on hold at their ground, the SuperSeal Stadium, following the incident.
Bosses heading the SPFL now reportedly want to speak to every club in Scotland about the structure of the attack and advise them on their security. The meeting may take place as early as today, in light of the incident being attributed to the same group that defrauded a hospice home in the Highlands earlier this year for £500,000. Earlier this year, Edinburgh side Heart of Midlothian were also hit with an attack which stole around £80,000 from the club.
Around £500,000 has been set aside by Hamilton’s directors to ensure that club staff are paid. Bosses also insisted that the team is not in financial crisis as they had no previous overdraft. Investigations have already been launched by Police Scotland and the club’s financiers, the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Ronnie MacDonald, Owner of Hamilton Academical, aired his disappointment in the wake of the attack. MacDonald said: “An assortment of plans we had in the pipeline have been put on hold while the investigation into what happened runs its course. It’s disappointing because we back Project Brave (the SPFL’s youth academy programme) and have been working towards the development of a sports hall.
“However what has happened will not have any effect on the day-to-day running of the football operation. We met with the staff last week and they have been given assurances their salaries are not in jeopardy.”