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    Comment on Accountability via Transparency. by Big Pink.

    As the season draws to a close, the outstanding disciplinary case against Old Rangers may well regain focus. What part has the 5YA played in the curious position that CAS is the first port of call. Have the SFA ceded their own sovereignty and role as guardians of the game and effectively neutered themselves in the war against corruption?
    If so, why? And if they can abdicate their supremacy over member clubs, why so insistent on hiding behind them when fans demand accountability, as with Res12 people?

    If supposition over 5YA is true, SFA have voluntarily divested themselves of any power to deal with one particular member club, whilst reserving the right to deal as autocratically as they like with the rest.

    Guardians of the game indeed.

    Big Pink Also Commented

    Accountability via Transparency.
    Like Bill 1903, I wish Steve Clarke well in his new post. I do think he has more of the required skill-set than any other declared candidate, but I am a bit disappointed that his words about the SFA appear to be rather empty.

    Like most involved in the football industry and it's dependent satellites, the bottom line has seen him siding with (his words) the 'amateurs' at the SFA.

    I doubt there will be any more political utterances from him from now on. Not the first false prophet in the Scottish Football Testament – and likely not the last.


    Accountability via Transparency.
    Don’t see how Clarke, who has been lauded for speaking truth to SFA power, can avoid a hypocrisy charge if he takes the job. For that reason, I hope he doesn’t.


    Accountability via Transparency.
    It would appear then that UEFA's investigators have actually carried out their task correctly and with integrity. An integrity that contrasts starkly with that of the SFA's investigators, whose function was to cover up the wrong-doing that took place.

    It seemed odd to me that if high profile clubs could be taken on by UEFA, the RFC situation could be ignored, but perhaps it is the obscurity and scarcely significant status of Scottish football abroad that has allowed the corruption here (both the fraud itself and the subsequent cover-up) to go past unnoticed.

     


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    One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All
    I think Bobby Madden had a fairly good game yesterday. Lots for him to do. He missed what I thought was a clear penalty to Rangers and the now-infamous left hook from Kent, but overall I though he was professional and honest.

    Tried manfully to deal with the faux outrage of Rangers players at the end, but missed some top thuggery by Fotheringham and Candelas. In fairness, half a dozen Tiny Whartons wouldn't have been able to sort that out wink


    One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All
    Ernie,

    I agree with your sentiments 100% that ethnicity, religion or politics should be no part of the football equation.
    I also agree with your assertion that many of the arguments we hear on SFM boil down to a Rangersness or Celticness, but in defence of those who make the assertion, I would suggest that the top referees in the country, and the SFA who appoint/enable them, think exactly the same way.

    I think trust has broken down across the board when it comes to the refereeing service, but it is yet another sorry symptom of the dysfunctionality of the ruling body.

    For that trust to be restored, serious reform needs to be exercised at Hampden. Anything else is tweaking, and tweaking, no matter how well-meaning the intention, always leads to dissatisfaction in both sides of the trust argument.

    I make the assumption that all fans of clubs other than Celtic and Rangers feel they are hard done by with the big two when it comes to decisions; similarly fans of both Celtic and Rangers feel that refs tend to favour their rivals. 

    In any analysis of that situation, paranoia claims aside, it is that faux duality which is at the root of the problem, and trust can't be built immediately.

    In the short term, foreign refs are a good way to try to build that trust, but until the SFA itself is reformed on an accountable and transparent basis, there is no long term solution.


    One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All
    Apologies Ballyargus
    Missed your post. I defer to your earlier correction 😊


    One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All
    .. and my hat is also doffed to the Woodward and Bernstein of Scottish Fitba', our own EJ and John sad


    One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All
    Am I missing something here? John Valentine played at centre-half on that unforgettable (if you're a Celtic fan) day in 1957, freshly signed from Queens Park (I think). His career never recovered as Billy McPhail rag-dolled him throughout.

    Can't believe that any Celtic fan wouldn't know that the goalie's name rhymed with 'seven' 🙂