JPP: Perverting Justice?

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The SFA’s Judicial Panel Disciplinary Tribunal (JPDT) process itself  is now under scrutiny .

Aberdeen FC have asked for change and the Celtic Supporters Association  have written to Ian Maxwell SFA CEO expressing concerns about judgements reached concerning recent on field incidents that appear to herald in A Cloggers Charter.

However the whole Judicial Panel Protocol (JPP) on which the JPDT is based (and which was the brainchild of the discredited former SFA Chief Executive Stewart Regan) has shown itself to be a means of perverting justice rather than providing it since it was introduced amidst a loud fanfare at the SFA AGM in June 2011 (the same one that saw Campbell Ogilvie elected SFA President)

To see how the JPP  has been misused  we need to start with a definition of  judicial which according to Websters dictionary is:

 of or relating to a judgment, the function of judging, the administration of justice

The latest Judicial Panel Protocol can be found on the SFA Web Site  .

One of its Founding Principles is:

2.2 Principle 1 – Economic and expeditious justice. The objective of the Protocol is to secure the Determination of disciplinary proceedings arising in respect of Association Football and that Decisions are made economically and expeditiously in a fair manner. Tribunals appointed from the Judicial Panel may impose reasonable procedural requirements on Parties to ensure that matters are dealt with economically and expeditiously.

The word justice actually appears nine times and injustice three times, so it would appear that whilst economy and speed are the means to the end, that end is justice, but how has that panned out since June 2011?

I am grateful here to Glasnostandtwostrickers  for three enlightening articles in Pie and Bovril in which he reviews the protocol a year later in 2012 with suggestions that with the passage of time have been shown to be prescient when made. They can be read at:

Of particular interest is the important view that the process is not independent of the SFA and the following is an extract from Pie and Bovril 3 covering that aspect which explains how the JPP has been used by the SFA to pervert rather than administer justice.

“So to what extent does the JPP system achieve that independence? We think that it does so to a far greater extent than the old system, but not nearly enough. Ensuring that the Tribunals are chaired by respected members of the legal profession was perhaps the single most important reform to make. But there remains a serious lack of independence in the JPP system. This centres on the roles of the SFA’s Compliance Officer (Vincent Lunny) and the SFA Secretary (Stewart Regan) in the process of bringing a case in front of a Tribunal.

The Compliance Officer’s task is to monitor what goes on in Scottish football, assess whether anyone has broken any rules, and – if so – to initiate the disciplinary process.  What happens if the Compliance Officer reviews a given event and decides that the conduct of the club, player or official in question doesn’t breach any rules? Well, that is the end of the matter. Neither the SFA executive nor the Judicial Panel can do anything about that decision. And, given that some SFA rules are very vague (e.g. ‘bringing the game into disrepute), the Compliance Officer wields a great deal of power. If the system is to be independent of the SFA, it the Compliance Officer must be independent of it. Yet, as things stand today, Vincent Lunny is an employee of the SFA.

The lack of independence associated with the SFA Secretary’s role is even more flagrant. Firstly, he can veto any decision of the Compliance Officer to mount a disciplinary case. Secondly, even if he allows a case to go ahead, he has the power to select (from the 100-strong Judicial Panel) the 3 individuals who will hear the case. The SFA claims that this takes place on a ‘cab rank’ basis (i.e. the Tribunal is formed of next 3 people in line), but no such rule is to be found in the JPP. On the contrary, it states that:

“Tribunals shall be appointed by the Secretary or his nominee from the Judicial Panel…The Secretary or his nominee may take such steps in respect of the appointment of Tribunals as he considers, in his sole discretion, to be appropriate.” (sections 7.2.1-2)

This applies equally to the Appellate Tribunals as it does to the first-instance Disciplinary Tribunals. So, in theory at least, the SFA Secretary gets two bites of the cherry. He may appoint to a Disciplinary Tribunal the individuals who he thinks are most likely to return the result that he desires. If they don’t, and there is an appeal, he also gets to choose the make-up of the Appellate Tribunal that will hear the appeal. And that’s only if he hasn’t blocked the case from happening in the first place. That is not to impugne Stewart Regan himself, but rather a system that allows him (and his successors) such great power.

The reasons why the JPP is structured in the way that it is are unclear. Despite the fact that it represents a great improvement over the system it replaced, more work must be done if we Scottish football is to have a genuinely independent – and therefore credible – system of footballing ‘justice’.


This  article however will let the readers decide if they impugn Stewart Regan and shows how he has used the Judicial Protocol not to deliver justice but to prevent such an outcome,  which might just clarify the reason  why the JPP was structured in the way that it was and why it absolutely must be replaced on the lines of the suggestions in the excellent Pie and Bovril articles.

Perverting the Course of Justice.

The Judicial Panel Disciplinary Tribunal on Craig Whyte – Bringing The Game Into Disrepute.

The First instance can be found in  this E Tim’s article  where Regan and LNS met in February 2012 to set the terms of reference for the Judicial Panel that charged Craig Whyte with bringing the game into disrepute.(  Telegraph Report 21 Feb 2012 )

As the E Tim’s article shows, whilst Whyte was charged with non payment of PAYE and VAT no charges were made with regard to his failure to pay the £2.8m tax liability that CW undertook to pay in his statement to Rangers shareholders of June 2011. This omission prevented scrutiny of what lay behind that liability, what created it and why it was accepted by RFC in March 2011 and  how  the SFA were able to grant RFC a UEFA licence in April 2011.

Whatever information Regan had from his telephone conversation with Andrew Dickson  on 6th December 2011  and subsequent meeting at Hotel Du Vin with Craig Whyte along with Campbell Ogilvie and RFC CEO Ali Russell, appears not to have been passed to Lord Nimmo Smith in February 2012 when Regan and Nimmo Smith were drawing up the JPP Terms of Reference for the Craig Whyte Tribunal.

The Lord Nimmo Smith Commission

The second instance of Regan’s ability to shape outcomes  is in respect of the LNS Commission. Here the SFA stood aside on the grounds they were the Court of Appeal should RFC wish to appeal the eventual LNS Decision and let the then SPL take the running in March 2012. This was a convenient argument given that Regan knew by March 2012 that RFC had a £2.8m tax liability that Sherriff Officers had called to collect that prompted a number of enquiries asking how the SFA were able to grant a UEFA licence in March/April of 2011.

That event caused UEFA and the SFA in September 2011 to discuss the submission RFC made in June 2011 under Article 66 of UEFA FFP that described the status of the liability as postponed and awaiting scheduling of payments but more of this SFA/UEFA discussion later in the context of the current JPDT  charges of non compliance against Rangers FC.

It is inconceivable that by March 2012 when the investigation into ebts and side letters began that this  September 2011 discussion along with his conversations in December 2011 that  Regan was unaware that the tax owed was the result of RFC use of unlawful ebts nor the reasons why RFC had accepted liability for the sum owed arising from their use. However by standing aside there was no specific mention in  the SPL Lawyers letter of 15  March 2012   that began the investigation  of the by then clearly unlawful ebts that caused the £2.8m tax liability, although it did refer to all ebts with side letters from 1998.   All rather convenient for Regan under the powers the Judicial Panel  Protocol gave him.

The impact of this exclusion in skewing the LNS Terms of Reference and so the LNS Decision is now a matter of Social Media record that can be followed from beginning to end  HERE.

The E Tim’s article already mentioned covers how events from February to April 2012  allowed the exclusion from the Craig Whyte JPP and  The Reasons  given by Lord Nimmo Smith in September 2012 appear in a  follow up E Tim’s article   where LNS himself justifies  the exclusion of the £2.8m tax liability caused by RFC’s use of unlawful ebts in from 1999 to 2003 on what are less than convincing grounds unless he was kept in the dark by Regan.

 SFA JPP Charges In Respect of UEFA Licence in 2011

The final instance of the misuse of the JPP begins in September 2017 when after court testimony stating when the £2.8m tax liability was accepted, the SFA, whilst rejecting an investigation into the handling of RFC use of ebts with side letters (and the foregoing on LNS spells out why) Regan accepted that the granting  of the UEFA Licence by the SFA in 2011 should be subject to the Judicial Protocol process.

It took until mid-May 2018  for that process to come up with two charges of non compliance of SFA Articles by RFC that were put to TRFC presumably on the basis that they were responsible for the events in 2011, particularly when at least three current TRFC officials/Directors were in place in 2011, charges which TRFC said they would contest and subsequently in July wanted CAS involvement on grounds that the secret 5 Way Agreement requires it but on scope that that have still to be made known as the parties  negotiate the terms of reference to CAS.

Now seven plus months is a long time to finally arrive at charges that according to a TRFC statement in May 2018 in this BBC report excluded the very period at end of March 2011 stating accusations were groundless, that caused the SFA to invoke the JPP process, but what is interesting about those charges is the absence (and as Regan left in February he might not have had an influence or was his parting shot), of any charges against the SFA itself of aiding RFC noncompliance at end of March  in September 2011. The Compliance Officer himself resigned not long after the charges of non- compliance were made which raises eyebrows higher than Roger Moore level.

Perhaps it was because of possible SFA complicity in September 2011 that the Compliance Officer agreed to exclude this end March period although that exclusion was challenged by Resolution 12 lawyers just before the SFA Judicial Panel Disciplinary Tribunal (JPDT) sat on 25th June. No answers to the evidence backed questions in that letter, copied to Celtic, have so far been provided.

So what are the SFA hiding from or behind the JPP process this time?

Here is a copy of the Good News  e mail of 19th September 2011 between Keith Sharp the UEFA FFP man at the SFA and Ken Olverman the Financial chap at RFC. In it Sharp tells Olverman that UEFA have verbally accepted the RFC submission of June 2011 under Article 66. (This admitted that the 2.8m EBT proposed settlement also required to be disclosed but is shown as a status of postponed (awaiting scheduling of payments)  but that a further declaration will be needed under Article 67. This can be read here but note the Comments were not part of original exchange.

Note the tone of the advice given about the Article 67 submission but the point is, either Sharp of the SFA told UEFA porkies to get the monitoring submission under Article 66, that itself was false at the time it was made, verbally accepted or told UEFA the truth and as RFC were out of Europe there was an agreement to bury it between SFA and UEFA.

That UEFA involvement if the latter instance, would explain Celtic’s reluctance to take Res12 to UEFA in 2013 especially as we don’t know UEFA’s response to Celtic’s earlier  letter  of May 2012 to SFA re ebt investigation copied to Infantino at UEFA.

If the former instance i.e. SFA told UEFA porkies it makes SFA complicit in covering up the non compliance they are charging Rangers with!

I mention this in the context of the SFA Judicial Process being totally  inappropriate in this case and why there should be  a speedy independent investigation because the charges of non-compliance that the JPDT are covering relate to RFC and NOT the SFA which is perhaps why the terms of reference to CAS are taking so long to emerge.

There is clearly a conflict of SFA self interest here.

It would be more than ironic if the organisation bringing charges against Rangers were in fact complicit in the non-compliance by Rangers after it became public HMRC were owed tax in August 2010!

Summary

The point of this long blog is that the Judicial Panel Protocol introduced by Regan in June 2011 with the flaws pointed out a year later in The Pie and Bovril articles has been used by the SFA under Regan not to produce justice but pervert it since 2011.

Only a truly independent investigation will provide the justice that the crimes perpetrated against Scottish Football and its supporters since 2000 by RFC under the dishonest leadership of Sir David Murray requires, an investigation that should recommend changes that make the JPP independent of the SFA..

Justice is there to uphold the rule of law, that applies to football law as much as natural law and without justice there can be no law. That is where Scottish football now exists, in outlaw territory with the bad guys still ruling as they please, not as justice demands.

Until justice is served and seen to be served there is no law in football and no fake Judicial Protocol Panel is ever going to provide it.

 The owners and Directors of all SPFL clubs need to revisit the scene of the crime, the 5 Way Agreement has done its  job, a form of Rangers drawing big crowds will continue to exist, but on it has to be on more honest grounds, where who knows, they might even earn redemption.

972 COMMENTS


  1. Tuesday, 09 October 2018, 13:45
    by Rangers Football Club

    RANGERS International Football Club PLC is pleased to announce that Barry Scott is rejoining its Board of Directors.

    Barry left the Board for a short time earlier this year in order to attend to other business affairs and the Board is delighted that he is now able to offer his services again and contribute to the continued success of the Company.
    …………………..
    And just the other day we were posting why he left…..Strange one

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  2. As other Bampots have alluded to, and apologies if I'm repeating other posts I've missed…

    This surprising Milne public utterance about questioning the SFA to improve the customer/fan experience…

    Of course, he hasn't suddenly found his moral compass.  He has more immediate needs to appear fan-focused: whether it's simply to punt semi tickets, or something else – I haven't a Scooby.

    But,

    as another SPFL chairperson has placed his head above the parapet to have a pop at the Hampden blazers…

    then Shirley, it is a rare opportunity for Lawwell to give Milne very public and very loud backing to have a review of the SFA & the SPFL practices.  (And discreetly enlarge the scope of said review, following lobbying of other clubs.)

    Upshot is a review, as requested by AFC: so it neatly removes any attempted deflection that it is a CFC/TRFC bun fight.

    I know…

     

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  3. Ex Ludo 10th October 2018 at 07:50

     

    https://twitter.com/bbcjamescook/status/1049907280056082433?s=21 James Cook (not a football correspondent) telling it like it is.

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    While agreeing with him, entirely, it's a bit hypocritical of a BBC correspondent, and ex Scotland correspondent – who has as a tag line 'facts are chiels that winna ding', to criticise another media outlet for their use of hyperbole when talking of an Ibrox club or it's players. He also made the classic error of those media toadies by describing Kyle Lafferty as 'Rangers striker' which is, as far as facts go, a 'chiel that dings' rather loudly!

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  4. StevieBC 10th October 2018 at 00:34  

     

    As I posted a few days back it is also the ideal time for Budge to join the party along with Milne and Lawwell.

    The leaders of three of our biggest clubs actually taking a lead in asking difficult questions would be a breath of fresh air.

    Strength in numbers and all that. 

     

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  5. As someone who agrees wholeheartedly with Homunculus that posting bland, soporific, maudlin song videos does this site a disservice, I feel I'm mibbe being two-faced (and certainly pedantic) in suggesting to Allyjambo that "ding" disnae mean a sound.

    In that phrase, the fact is impervious to blows or damage: it won't "dent".

    EG in car metal work you get dings, that need hammering out.

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  6. fishnish 10th October 2018 at 10:08

    As someone who agrees wholeheartedly with Homunculus that posting bland, soporific, maudlin song videos does this site a disservice, I feel I’m mibbe being two-faced (and certainly pedantic) in suggesting to Allyjambo that “ding” disnae mean a sound.
    In that phrase, the fact is impervious to blows or damage: it won’t “dent”.
    EG in car metal work you get dings, that need hammering out.
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    I wasn’t suggesting it did, just using reverse onomatopoeia (if there is such a thing) to make (what I thought as) a mildly humorous comment, and to make the point that his hypocrisy was ‘loud’ in the same way a colour can be loud. Also, as one interpretation of ‘ding’ is ‘disputed’, I was inferring that it is loudly disputed.

    The point of my post was that here is a man, working for the very much discredited BBC, criticising the hyperbole of another media outlet, while proclaiming that he is an honourable journalist interested only in facts, who totally ignores the fact that Kyle Lafferty used to play for Rangers FC but now kicks a ball for a new entity that uses the word ‘Rangers’ in it’s title to mislead. He also works for a corporation that refuses to allow the facts of Rangers’ demise, along with many other facts pertaining to cheating and other dishonesties, to be aired on any of it’s programs. I just wish the BBC would attempt to make these chiels ding (to try to justify their change in position from before the failed CVA until after a known liar changed their minds), but we know they never will?

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  7. Maybe phoning the Scotland manager and telling him you are not available to play, explaining that you are not fit enough for either club or country is seen as a heinous treachery, whereas unilaterally withdrawing from the Northern Ireland squad is a perfectly acceptable expedient.

    The important point though, as others have said, is the use of the word "unilaterally" as it clearly exonerates his club from any blame. It was Lafferty's decision and his alone. Nothing to do with his employers. 

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  8. Ex Ludo 10th October 2018 at 10:46  

     

     

    AllyJambo@09.06

    To be fair to James Cook I think he might have been trying to be funny. I did like a tweet in the thread which declared “The Hunt for the Red Hand of October “ 

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    However funny his tweets, or the validity of what he said about the Scotsman's tweet, if he is going to label himself as a purveyor of facts/truth then he should also publish the truth before pointing out his competitors' faults.

     

    Of course, I may be wrong and he has already published an article giving a true and accurate summation of all (or even one part) that has gone on at Ibrox since 1998.

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  9. @eaamalyon Big news from Belgium this morning: top football clubs raided, leading managers and refs questioned, the country's biggest agent is under arrest Top managers, agents and refs interrogated in Belgian corruption probe independent.co.uk 10:37 AM · Oct 10, 2018

    https://t.co/9vbU8lHXab?amp=1

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  10. Allyjambo 10th October 2018 at 10:40  

    '..I just wish the BBC would attempt to make these chiels ding (to try to justify their change in position from before the failed CVA until after a known liar changed their minds), but we know they never will?'

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    To be scrupulously fair to BBC Scotland, aJ, their  'volteface' was against their (natural) instincts.

    As I understand it, BBC Scotland's hand was 'forced' by a decision of the now defunct BBC Trust's

    Editorial Standards Committee. The full decision is here:

    downloads.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/assets/files/pdf/appeals/esc_bulletins/2013/apr_may.pdf

     

    BBC Scotland reported the decision in brief     https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-22951447

    as follows:

     

    "In its evidence to the Trust, BBC Scotland had stated: "We remain of the opinion that due accuracy was achieved."

    It said: "A football club, once incorporated, is indistinguishable in Scots law from its corporate identity.

    "If the club was separate it would need its own constitution, committee members, trustees, etc.

    "Rangers Football Club does not have that because it is incorporated."

    BBC Scotland's submission said that an implication of the ESC ruling could be that future reporting, in order to achieve a "common standard", may have to differentiate "between the business elements of a club's activities and its footballing activities".

    It added: "This, we believe, would add layers of complexity to reporting that would not be to the benefit of clear reportage or enhance the understanding of such issues by our audiences."

    Following publication of the Trust's findings, BBC Scotland said: "We note the findings of the report."

    They then, sadly, 'obeyed' without further challenge to  decision which they knew ran totally counter to the fundamental duty to be truthful to the facts.

    It is that cowardly obedience to a body which had already by then become so arcane and irrelevant that it was abolished soon afterwards that stains BBC Scotland. 

    Any Controller and management team ought to have kicked up a din and threatened to resign en masse at such a ridiculously outrageous decision that  required them to lie!

    The decision by one now abolished effete , undemocratic, 'establishment' Trust is as little to be honoured  as are the dishonest decisions of  a Sports governance body which too readily sold the Integrity of the very  Sport which they are supposed to defend against sports cheats and perverters of Truth.

    And, with the abolition of the BBC Trust and its replacement by a far more democratic governance model, the current Controller ,Donalda Mackinnon, should review the matter, and get BBC Scotland back into truthful, accurate reporting.

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    p style=”margin-left:0px; margin-right:0px”>As much for the sake of the BBC and what it claims to stand for, as for the sake of Scottish Football as a Sport, and of Scottish professional football clubs as 'businesses'.

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  11. Homunculus@14.25

    Interesting choice of words in the DR piece. “Special permission” and “dispensation “ and “special dispensation “ all used to make out the club is, well, special.  I’ve had some experience in dealing with Russian football fans in Ibrox. They were on the whole well behaved apart from a few numpties much like any football crowd. I’m wondering if there is particular information re this game or have UEFA been paying attention to a recent unfortunate incident involving west of Scotland fans.

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  12. Billydug 10th October 2018 at 11:57

    @eaamalyon Big news from Belgium this morning: …in Belgian corruption probe…

    Scottish football, Italian football, FIFA, UEFA, etc…
    Have we all been conned since forever?
    Have we unwittingly supported possibly the most corrupt global sport?

    And are we past the point of no return: football is a business first, and any consideration of sporting integrity simply has no place in the pursuit of profit / backhanders / bias, etc.?

    And now Belgium?!
    How depressing.

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  13. News 3 hrs ago
    Transport cops hunt for RANGERS fans who abused passengers on Glasgow train

    By Evening Times Online
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Oops, Chris Jack will be greetin’ at this headline.

    …wonder how long before this explicit / truthful headline is redacted?

    Posted on the ET site at about 12.15pm Glasgow time…

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  14. StevieBC 10th October 2018 at 14:59  

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    You can add Portugal, and specifically Benfica to that list.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/10/sports/soccer/benfica-leak.html

    It seems they don't like Bloggers revealing internal club documents, such as:

    " It included a Benfica slide show detailing an apparent effort to gain greater influence over federation and league officials "

    " There were also documents suggesting connections between the club and the men responsible for overseeing refereeing in Portugal. "

    …… the article goes on:

    " The police are investigating the hack on Benfica’s system, but also the club itself. Law enforcement officials have conducted raids on Benfica’s offices, and last month prosecutors charged the club with corruption after investigators found it had a mole inside the Portuguese judicial system. "

    " The Portuguese soccer federation has started a separate investigation. "

    It couldn't happen in Scotland of course, because all our football authorities and club officials are beyond reproach, …………. or so we are told.

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  15. https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/rangers-and-sports-direct-back-at-high-court-over-merchandise-deal/

    Bosses at Rangers Football Club are embroiled in a fresh merchandise deal row with Sports Direct and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley, less than three months after a High Court judge said both sides should “try to make peace”.

    In a High Court hearing in London in late July, Mr Justice Phillips was told a dispute over the terms of the deal had been settled.

    But lawyers representing the two sides were back at the court on Wednesday after Mr Ashley complained of a breach of contract by Rangers.

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  16. Homunculus 10th October 2018 at 15:46

     

    https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/rangers-and-sports-direct-back-at-high-court-over-merchandise-deal/ Bosses at Rangers Football Club are embroiled in a fresh merchandise deal row with Sports Direct and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley, less than three months after a High Court judge said both sides should “try to make peace”. In a High Court hearing in London in late July, Mr Justice Phillips was told a dispute over the terms of the deal had been settled. But lawyers representing the two sides were back at the court on Wednesday after Mr Ashley complained of a breach of contract by Rangers.

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    Worth noting that PMGB hinted at this yesterday.

     

    It does make you wonder, though, what RIFC/TRFC, or is it just King, are up to in their pursuit of trouble, for they seem determined to have at least two court cases on the go as often as possible. It's as though they are poking a stick at the legal system as often as they can and acting as though a legal ruling doesn't bind them.

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  17. Allyjambo@16.27

    PMGB reporting that Mr Kings QC has advised in court that he represents RIFC, TRFC and Mr King. I’m not sure of the significance of this admission but I suspect it might not bode well for the Club/Company and the shareholders.

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  18. The Rangers support who have bought merchandise from Elite Group are not going to be best pleased if the Court rules that it breached Sport Direct's contract and that Mike Ashley is entitled to a cut of that income.

    Surely Mike Ashley didn't let this go for a while until a whole load of sales had been made. 

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  19. Ex Ludo 

    10th October 2018 at 17:07  

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    I think that relates to the Takeover Panel case in the Court of Session, as opposed to the hearing which would appear to relate to who can sell the merchandise, being heard in England.

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  20. That 'off message' headline from the ET has changed.

    'RANGERS' is now 'Rangers' in the headline.

    Pedantic I know, but surprised the article hasn't been dropped onto an earlier page, or simply dropped.

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    StevieBC 10th October 2018 at 00:34  

     

    As I posted a few days back it is also the ideal time for Budge to join the party along with Milne and Lawwell.

    The leaders of three of our biggest clubs actually taking a lead in asking difficult questions would be a breath of fresh air.

    Strength in numbers and all that. 

     

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    The CSA wading into Milne in their latest post.

    When they say fear of retribution is a factor impeding sporting justice then those intimidating should be named by the clubs.

    Its not just Milne who needs to grow a set, it is all other clubs. Enough lies

     http://thecsa.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2007&sid=e7a78203f764aef70ec66e192c873c33&nbsp;

    Given that the CSA and Celtic have a respectful relationship perhaps Joe O Rourke's article  is a reflection of Celtic's frustration.

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  22. Rangers ticket statement 

     

    RANGERS are pleased that commonsense has prevailed and that our supporters will be able to purchase the lion’s share of tickets available for the Betfred Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Sunday, October 28.

    We have received an allocation of just under 26,000 tickets with the possibility of more, subject to how other sales go.

    It is important to make it clear there had been an attempt to deny Rangers fans all of Hampden’s north stand but this was resisted fiercely and that entire area will now be a sea of red, white and blue.

    Hampden should now be full to capacity for a match which is eagerly awaited.

    Rangers’ allocation will be issued by way of a ballot which will be held on Friday (October 12) and successful season ticket holders will be advised shortly afterwards

    ——————————————

    Resisted fiercely aye

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  23. I note that an "unopposed" motion was granted yesterday in the RIFC v Chuckles case, which is about him agreeing deals not in the club's best interests.

    A97/18 Rangers International Football Club Plc v Charles Green – Anderson Strathern LLP

    Based on Anderson Strathern being named, I'd expect that the motion originated from RIFC. It is probably a fairly routine request, e.g. for documents.

    It might be an interesting case once it starts making progress through the court. I understand that Green has engaged Heriot Currie QC to defend him, so he's getting one of the best available. Currie defended David Whitehouse in the preliminary hearings in the criminal trial, before the charges were dropped against him.

     

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  24. Jingso.Jimsie 

    10th October 2018 at 19:27  

    Would it be churlish of me to point out that "RFC" is an initialism, not an acronym. Though with such imprecise use of language it will be soon.

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  25.  Billydug 10th October 2018 at 11:57  

    "……These came as part of 44 raids nationwide and 13 more across France, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia."

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    Perhaps if the shareholders of Celtic had made an approach some years ago to the COPFS suggesting a wee seizure by Police Scotland of documents from the 6th Floor relating  UEFA licencing  , the list might have included Scotland!

    ( But perhaps such a seizure of documents would have been compromised by the Plod mistakenly seizing 'legally privileged' material thus bu..ering up the chances of conviction! I've heard that such a thing can happen.)

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  26. You may recall I made a Freedom of Information request to Scottish Government (SG) and SportScotland as funders of Scottish sporting bodies and Scottish sports governing bodies regarding the measures in place to ensure compliance with the expectation that sporting bodies funded from the public purse had the necessary levels of transparency, accountability and financial integrity in place.  I received a reply from SG to the effect that SG funds sporting bodies through SportScotland and I should perhaps direct my question to them.  This despite the fact that I have seen several letters addressed to Stewart Regan from SG advising of grant awards to the SFA which were being made direct from Scottish Ministers.  I have now disputed their answer and escalated it to the Director of Population Health? asking for a review of the answer.  I will keep you posted.  I have not received a reply from SportScotland although some aspects of their acknowledgement do not fill me with enthusiasm:

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  27. Mordecai 11th October 2018 at 06:58  

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    Good luck with the Scottish Government. I once received a reply from them basically saying they will not interfere in the way a members organisation like the SFA is run. All I asked was that since they gave the SFA funding, shouldn't they (the SFA) be publicly accountable to someone?

    Of course, if a certain SFA member decides to cheat the state out of tens of millions in social taxes things are different. Even though those taxes would have funded vital public services the Scottish Government are not particularly bothered about the tax cheating, because the cheats themselves are classed as part of the fabric of our society. The most senior member of the Scottish Government may even choose to contact HMRC to demand they let the tax cheats off.

    That, I'm afraid, is the society we live in, and it would happen again and again if required.

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  28. Up the Hoops  11 October 2018 07.12

    Good luck with the Scottish Government. I once received a reply from them basically saying they will not interfere in the way a members organisation like the SFA is run. All I asked was that since they gave the SFA funding, shouldn't they (the SFA) be publicly accountable to someone?

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    This is exactly the the matter I was pursuing.  The body responsible for funding sporting bodies – including sporting governing bodies – in England is UK sport.  The have published a code which came into effect in April last year for Sports Governance that sets out the levels of transparency, accountability and financial integrity that will be required from those who ask for Government and National Lottery funding.  Sport Scotland are the equivalent in Scotland and have published a similar code.

    In England, the Code is proportionate, expecting the highest standards of good governance from organisations requesting the largest public investments, including:

    • Increased skills and diversity in decision making, with a target of at least 30 per cent gender diversity on boards
    • Greater transparency, for example publishing more information on the structure, strategy and financial position of the organisation.
    • Constitutional arrangements that give boards the prime role in decision making.

    I was merely asking SG and SportScotland what arrangements they have in place to monitor compliance with the Code and who does the monitoring.  Anyone can introduce a code for any purpose in any organisation but unless compliance is monitored, it is nothing more than words in a glossy brochure.

     

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  29. Jingso.Jimsie 10th October 2018 at 19:27 

     

    I suppose the worrying thing is that significant column inches have been devoted to a 'success' in beating a street trader while far bigger stories re Ashley's legal battles and the general financial position and associated gongs on at Ibrox are under reported and left to continue without any serious investigation.

     

    What a riddy having to draft up such pish to make a living when these guys probably started off thinking they would be the next Woodward and Bernstein.

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  30. wottpi 11th October 2018 at 09:57

    '… that significant column inches have been devoted to a 'success' in beating a street trader while far bigger stories re Ashley's legal battles ….   are under reported and left to continue without any serious investigation…………… these guys probably started off thinking they would be the next Woodward and Bernstein.'

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    News item this morning about the Johnston Press (publishers of the 'Scotsman' ) being up for sale, due to declining revenues from advertising and digital presence.

    While there is no likelihood that any media corporation which might buy it will be any more inclined to seek the truth about the 'saga' and print it, it would be  gratifying to see those in the 'Scotsman' who so assiduously propagated the Big Lie get their jotters. 

    My concept of 'freedom of the Press' does not include 'freedom' to refuse to seek the Truth, or disguise it, or cover it up, or generally protect bad guys from accountability.

    I would feel  unmoved by the death of Pravda.

    I would equally be unmoved by the death of those newspapers which have supported the ridiculous notion that a dead football club, stripped of any entitlement to participate  in Scottish Football, is somehow the same  club as a club newly created in 2012; and the equally absurd notion that that new club was somehow able to earn lots of sporting honours and titles over the preceding 140 years!  honours and titles.

    I'm not sure whether I am more offended by the insult to even the meanest intelligent than I am by the wicked intent to deceive. 

    The newspapers in question are pretty much like the GRU, with its fantastically ridiculous story about  the Salisbury murder.The sheer stupidity of the attempt to deceive makes the attempt even more wicked.

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  31. …or they could be digging a hole deep enough to hide their shame?

    I know, brass necks all round at Ibrox.

    But the stench of the industrial scale cheating will forever linger over the team/club playing out of Ibrox.

     

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  32. The news that Gascoigne's name has been withdrawn from nomination for the Hall of Fame is yet another indication of how fatuous and shallow are those who first proposed his inclusion,basing their decision apparently on the fact that he aided in securing 9-in-a-row!

    On that basis, Harald Bratback should be nominated as having stopped the other nine-in-a row from becoming ten. a significant achievement.

    Halls of Fame are surely meant to recognise a whole lot of things- sportsmanship over a career, 'model' behaviour as athletes, long-enduring effort, talent and skill, ambassadorship on the part of the sport and so on. 

    Short-term bouts of individual brilliance are shown by lots and lots of players who would think themselves worthy to be nominated when compared to those ,by and large, who have been deserving of inclusion.

     

     

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  33. 'Homunculus 

     

    11th October 2018 at 14:28  

     

    The Ibrox side are just about to start spending big.

    They have struck oil underneath the Albion Car Park…'

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    I'm so old that I immediately starting singing the theme song from 'The Beverly Hillbillies' when I read that.

     

    'Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea' etc. etc…

     

     

     

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  34. The public humiliation of a guy with both mental health and addiction issues is a new low for the SFA board members concerned. 

    Shameful decision by all those involved.

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  35. Forgive me if I have picked you up wrong, but as I understand it the SFA board members don't select who gets into the Hall of Fame.

    Fans make nominations and the Scottish Football Hall of Fame committee pick who gets in.

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  36. Homunculus 10th October 2018 at 15:46
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    https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/rangers-and-sports-direct-back-at-high-court-over-merchandise-deal/

    Bosses at Rangers Football Club are embroiled in a fresh merchandise deal row with Sports Direct and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley, less than three months after a High Court judge said both sides should “try to make peace”.
    ……………………
    How much will this cost king…err the ibrox fans i mean.££££
    Does this mean no pumpkin coloured tops for halloween?

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  37. slimjim 11th October 2018 at 19:45  

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    slimjim: it's now 9.20 pm and I've just come backon totheblog.

    I  have looked at your post of 19.45. I don't know what you are referring to!!

    Please,indicate in any post what you are referring to :hours, days,can pass before any post might be read!

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  38. Homunculus 11th October 2018 at 14:28
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    The Ibrox side are just about to start spending big.

    They have struck oil underneath the Albion Car Park
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    Was part of the loan deal with close brothers not to maintain the securities, not dig a great big bloody hole in them?

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  39. Talking about those deserving to be included in the 'Hall of Fame'…

    did any other Bampots get an update on the consideration of Turnbull Hutton?

    I did get a reply a few years ago from a lady at the Hampden museum saying IIRC that he 'might be nominated in future'.

    A guy who was brave to enough to call out the corruption in Scottish football – and which probably went a long way to curbing further corruption in 2012.

    Turnbull Hutton should be honoured before any football player, IMO

     

     

     

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  40. Homunculus

    Your Albion Carpark picture put me in mind of Daniel Day Lewis playing the Oilman in "There Will Be Blood" which fits in with a notorious song.

    It would be interesting to know why the drilling is being done. Given that the Car Parl must remain for th sake of the Club Deck it may indicate problems and there are many potential issues in such old heavy industrial areas.

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  41. StevieBC 11th October 2018 at 21:44
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    Talking about those deserving to be included in the ‘Hall of Fame’…

    did any other Bampots get an update on the consideration of Turnbull Hutton?

    I did get a reply a few years ago from a lady at the Hampden museum saying IIRC that he ‘might be nominated in future’.

    A guy who was brave to enough to call out the corruption in Scottish football – and which probably went a long way to curbing further corruption in 2012.

    Turnbull Hutton should be honoured before any football player, IMO
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    https://mobile.twitter.com/ClusterOne2/status/1014213611936452610?p=v
    july 4, 2012

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  42. wottpi 11th October 2018 at 21:48  

    '…can I be the first to say 'McLeish oot' !!!

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    I suspect not: there are a good few in the queue afore ye!broken heart

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  43. A wee thought on the pic of the iconic Albion car park. Is it an old photo, as I seem to remember it from a while back? I may be wrong, though. 

     

    If it is current, then maybe they are preparing it for the fan zoneindecision Digging for victory, anyone?

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  44. In the late ‘70’s the Scotland squad of the era got involved in health promotion activities. The slogan on the posters read “The Squad don’t smoke” I remember seeing one of those posters in a pub with the slogan crossed out and replaced with a hand written message “The Squad don’t score”. In all the time since then nothing has changed. 

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  45. On McLeish oot.

     

    I'm not one to post on here about individual matches, and I've never been great at discerning a team's tactics/set up, but Israel looked pretty effective out wide, and Scotland set up, and never changed, a rather narrow back three. Did McLeish not watch and/or study Israel's tactics, and is he unable to realise what's happening and change things before the EBTs hit the fan?

     

    Regardless, whenever he was caught on camera, he just looked like a man happy in the knowledge that, whatever happens, his Scotland contract covers his EBT tax debt!

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  46. CO – good link.  His stance looks even more impressive as times goes by: Turnbull knew only too well the amount of sh!t which would be coming his way for voicing fans' concerns.

    …and as for this latest in a long line of low points in Scottish national team results…

    I have no sympathy for EBT McLeish, but he simply shouldn't be anywhere near the national team. Clubs wouldn't touch him for 2 years previously, which is a bit of a huge, maniacally waved red flag.

    Wonder how many fans the SFA expect to turn up at Hampden for the return Israel game?

    15K…10K…?

    It's the bumbling blazers who have stumbled into this latest debacle of their own making.

    McLeish probably needs help.

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  47. Extracted from an ET article after Israel loss;

    "…McLeish continued: “Did we ever say we were at a level where we should be qualifying for major tournaments? We’ve not said that…"

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    Ok, assuming that is a correct, direct quote from McLeish, then he has to go now.

    If the manager is publicly saying his team isn't good enough to qualify for a Finals, then guess what?

    His players won't believe they are good enough either, and the Scottish national team will continue to be a minnow.

    To state the bleedin’ obvious.

    I don't think the Scotland team is any good, and the choice of quality players is limited. 

    But it doesn't help either when the manager seems hellbent on alienating decent players.

    …and why should fans pay good money, in good faith, in a reasonable expectation that the national team is set up – as best as possible – to secure that elusive qualification.

    If McLeish himself doesn't believe, then why is he there?

    …just to finance a tax demand…?

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  48. StevieBC 12th October 2018 at 04:28  

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    It was heavily rumoured McLeish was the choice of Petrie and McCrae in return for the Ian Maxwell camp getting their man. If true, it just shows what an entire shambles the SFA is. McLeish was unemployable in my view, and the stench will always remain that the SFA are paying his tax bill from a time Rangers evaded taxes to fund success on the field. 

    The whole thing stinks.

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  49. Ex Ludo 11th October 2018 at 23:32

     

    https://twitter.com/standforceltic/status/1050499262184923137?s=21 Maybe it was the heat of the moment.

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    I think he just cemented his place as the worst ever Scotland manager. As things were going from not very good to very bad, the camera caught him smiling! Not a grimace, not an ironic 'what the f…', but an actual smile. Could it be he's working towards the sack and a pay-off that would clear his EBT debt, once and for all, allowing him to lead the easy life he thought he was going to lead as a part-time TV pundit?

     

    How perfect would his credentials then be for a BBC football pundit: failed Scotland manager who had previously abandoned Scotland for more money and a Rangers EBT recipient? He'd almost certainly be due his own program after that! BBC Scotland's very own Gary Lineker…with a twist!

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  50. As far as the Scotland farce is concerned a major part of the blame must be placed at McLeish's door! I have always been vocal on here of opposing his appointment for pure football reasons and he is once again proving me right. The only area in the whole team we really excell at is left back with two genuinly world class players fighting for that position. The big challenge for any Scotland manager is deciding who gets to play in that position, yet McLeish in his wisdom thinks the answer is none of them! So we have Tierney who is never a centre half, playing in the heart of defence and Robertson pushed into midfield! And a team crying out for creativity and inform players leaved Forrest, hot of the back of 4 goals in one game, on the bench for 60 minutes? I would honestly argue this is the worst Scotland team I have ever seen and there have been some howlers in recent years.

     

    As far as Gazza is concerned, as much as I loved him as a player the very fact the SFA thought it would be an idea to propose a wife beater, alcoholic and recent perpatrator of racial abuse should be added to the hall of fame is a new low. For all I will stick up for players that are ostracised for tax avoidance etc, there can be no excuses for the crimes that Gazza has committed. To then allow this circus to develop around a deeply troubled and huge sufferer of mental illness is completely irresponsible by the SFA. Shame on them.

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  51. StevieBC 12th October 2018 at 02:29  

    'I have no sympathy for EBT McLeish, but he simply shouldn't be anywhere near the national team. Clubs wouldn't touch him for 2 years previously, which is a bit of a huge, maniacally waved red flag….It's the bumbling blazers who have stumbled into this latest debacle of their own making…'

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    The McLeish appointment was no more than a continuation of the fundamental rottenness at the heart of Football Governance in this country: a rottenness that created the Big Lie,a lie that destroyed any belief that our Sport was run on any kind of basis of either Sporting or commercial Integrity.

    The re-appointment of a  failed manager who

    had contemptuously deserted them on a previous occasion (for filthy lucre's sake and to hell with loyalty and principle)

    had been unemployed for two years or so,

    had been part of a crowd of tax-cheating individuals who either played for or managed or directed  a club which so massively cheated Scottish Football for a decade and  right royally f.cked up all belief in sporting merit as the only measure of entitlement to honour and respect,

    betrayed a crass, lop-sided ,inability to face truth and reality.

    Bad cess to the SFA, and may none of those involved in creating and propagating the Big Lie enjoy any further influence in the running of our Sport. 

    Not only must McLeish get his jotters:so must the dirty wee nest on the 6th Floor be emptied of those who have so disastrously been running Scottish Football into the mire of rottenness and inefficiency.

     

     

     

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