On Grounds for Judicial Review – The Scottish Football Monitor

On Grounds for Judicial Review

While the proposed Judicial Review of the LNS decision is to be welcomed it is a position that is fraught with legal difficulties such as the capacity to raise the proceedings, potential time bars and all sorts of other arguments.

It would be complete folly to base an argument here solely upon a judicial review of LNS as that would only leave one string to the bow.

Further, take the stated opinion or Mr Rod McKenzie that LNS only dealt with the issue of Player Registrations within the SPL/SPFL — and nothing else.

Any analysis of what is meant by that statement (and others made by Neil Doncaster) leads to the conclusion that there are other matters to be considered which were outwith the tight and narrow remit handed to LNS by the SPFL.

For me, the clearest consideration is this.

1. Craig Whyte has already been personally convicted by the SFA for deliberately failing to pay taxes as and when they fall due under article 5.1 of the SFA rules.

2. No such charge has ever been levied against RFC — just against their CEO.

3. Not only did RFC fail to pay taxes as and when they became due under Whyte’s watch, they deliberately failed to pay taxes for a 13 year period under the stewardship of Sir David Murray. They did this by deliberately entering into two unlawful tax aggressive tax avoidance schemes which even their advisers warned them could only be undertaken at considerable risk to the club as the schemes were never guaranteed to be successful.

4. Those schemes were entered into so that the club could buy players they would otherwise not have afforded.

5. In furtherance of those schemes, RFC chose to deliberately withhold the full details of their contractual arrangements with both players and managers from both the SFA and the SPL when submitting their applications to play under licence and in terms of the rules of both organisations.

6. In each of the years concerned, RFC had to apply for both domestic and European Licences to play football, and it is the granting of these licences which allows any football club to play in structured competition organised under the auspices of, or with the approval of, the SFA or UEFA.

7. Each and every licence application as submitted to the SFA in the knowledge that key financial and contractual information had been excluded in furtherance of tax avoidance purposes, and tax, which has since been declared to be legitimately due and payable from 1999 onwards, was unpaid and remains unpaid.

8. The above processes and procedures are no different, and indeed are considerably worse, breaches of article 5.1 under which Whyte was personally convicted and fined.

9. Further, as part of the HMRC investigations into the use of unlawful tax schemes, RFC deliberately lied to HMRC, SFA and SPL about the existence of side letters and other contractual documentation. This is particularly so in relation to the annual application for a playing licence.

On 20th May 2011, HMRC, in relation to one of the tax schemes, wrote to RFC and accused the club of “deliberate and fraudulent” behaviour in relation to the continued submission of false PAYE and NIC returns over a period of years.

10. It, therefore, follows that each and every application for a football licence made by RFC to the SFA from 2000 onwards (at least) was based on falsified financial, contractual and tax information and was designed to mislead the SFA with a view to persuading them to grant a licence on misrepresented grounds.

11. Not only is the above a breach of article 5.1 of the SFA handbook, but any licence obtained by misrepresentation has not been validly obtained as it has been obtained by way of false representation and deception.

12. It is a pre-requisite of entry into any league competition that the participating club holds a valid licence to play football.

13. In the event that a club did not or should not have held/hold a valid licence to play, that same club is not free to enter structured competition or register players to participate in such competition. It also follows that any declaration of a result of 0-3 in relation to any particular game as a result of a rule breach (such as fielding an ineligible player) is of no consequence because the club concerned was not eligible to participate at all.

14. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has already been invited by UEFA to hold that any application for a licence or any other compliance submission, which is devoid of all necessary financial and contractual information should be treated as null and void and as never having been received.

15. The same Court has also held that any title, championship, award, record, reward or other benefit which has been gained as a result of an improper or prohibited process should not be allowed to stand, the records of the award etc should be expunged and the sporting records corrected accordingly.

None of the above is dependent on a successful review of LNS but goes hand in hand with that process.

In the forthcoming review of Scottish Football recently announced by the SPFL, in conjunction with the SFA, all of the above should be under consideration.

LNS, under review, may determine that the players were in fact not eligible, but much more fundamental is the fact that there are clear facts and circumstances which should mean that the club itself was never eligible in terms of established legal jurisprudence.

As had been pointed out by Rod McKenzie, none of this has been considered by the SPFL as all matters concerning a licence are solely under the jurisdiction of the SFA.

Thus far, the SFA have taken no action against RFC or any of its officials as a result of the clubs involvement in, and cover up of, the Big Tax Case or the Wee Tax Case – both of which will be the subject of the forthcoming review demanded by Celtic and others.

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541 Comments
  1. John Clark


     Gordon Smith makes the utterly fatuous observation that there was ‘no sporting advantage’ offered by the misuse of EBTs  because in fact, he says,that was when the premier league was at its most competitive!
    And the gombeen man  English (the Irishman) says not a word about the deliberate intention to deceive us all as being sports cheating at its worst.
    Smith is probably the more stupid of the two and with the most to be defensive about.
    English should  know,cannot not know, better, but craps it.

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  2. billyj1


    Testing 1 2 3.

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  3. Trisidium


    Excellent analysis by BRTH – and food for thought. Also a good reason to consider options carefully and eschew any knee-jerk reaction to the SFA/SPFL response to the Supreme Court decision.

    Act in haste and all that

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  4. Finloch


    I haven’t spoken with anybody who believes any Regan or Doncaster review will ever be clean.

    They don’t seem to realise that this will not go away for the reasons you outline above and more.

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  5. ThomTheThim

    ThomTheThim


    It is difficult to reject the idea, in light of the now transparent breaches of the Law of the Land and of Football, that should the football authorities and ALL clubs not seek to cleanse the game of the practices that facilitated the misdemeanors, that a club, who feel that they are the main victims, should seek fresh pastures.
    (Sorry for the long sentence, but I couldn’t get off it!)
    Sorry also for being parochial, but, at the outset, I claimed that my club, Celtic, had only two options open to them, if they were not going to be seen as complicit in events and condoning them, much like an innocent, deceived spouse who continues to live with the deceiver.
    Those options were to relocate to another League, if any would have them,like Derry City,
      OR 
    Shut the shop and say that the cheats have won, like Belfast Celtic.
    Unless the SFA/SPFL are called to account, to continue to be a member club is condoning the actions by default.
    I may add that neither of my options are feasible, therefore unless meaningful change is effected, then all clubs will be complicit in condoning the actions of the governing bodies.

    PS,
    Trish, you’ve got mail.

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  6. Auldheid


    It might be useful reposting the following about what a JR requires from the previous SFM blog as the relevant SFA article mentioned in lead blog is posted in full and there is a connection.

    What is not posted in the above is that CW was charged with bringing the game into disrepute and one of the charges brought before a Judicial Panel centred around non payment of tax specifically PAYE /VAT but surprisingly not the wtc tax! The JP’s Judgement was published in April 2012 a month after the investigation into RFC’s nor registration of side letters began

    It stretches credulity way beyond breaking point that the SFA were not aware in 2012 about the 20th May letter that deals with the wtc narrative.

    The SFA were ambiguous about knowledge of it in 2011 in a letter to Res12 lawyers in 2015/6 and failed to clear the ambiguity when asked by the Tax Justice Network late last year.

    That letter btw should have been provided to SFA in May 2011 under UEFA FFP Article 56 (c).

    The point about it though is that (as is mentioned in the blog) it accuses RFC as a club of fraudulent or negligent  behaviour and as the blog says RFC have never had to face any football charges of dishonesty.

    There are no specific rules about dishonesty but there is a sub para under Article 5.1 that comes nearest but significantly it too was missing from the Judicial Panel charges. It is 5.1.f in bold below but it says

    (f) (SFA members will) behave towards the Scottish FA and other members with the utmost good faith.

    The full JP notes can be read at 
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6uWzxhblAt9UkNvbkxocFUtbFU/view?usp=sharing 

    There is also a case the 5.1 a) was breached in the context of the main blog.

    The reason LNS was unacceptable to most supporters was it never tackled RFC’s behaviour as a club when evidence of dishonesty abounds including the UEFA licence in 2011.

    This is where the crunch comes from BRTH’s blog, in the licensing world those applying are expected to be honest, this principle is upheld by UEFA in the case taken to CAS mentioned in the blog (although CAS only ruled on overdue payables that demonstrated that RFC did have an overdue payable at 31 March 2011, nevertheless UEFA were clear in what the consequences of dishonesty are.

    None of this has been addressed by THE SFA who passed the buck to the SPL who narrowed the charges down to an administration failures and if that is not a reason to seek a JR based on what justifies one below, what is?
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    Original Point from CQN 
     
    XX on 2nd August 2017 10:29 am said
     
     
    Different Counsel can reach different conclusions depending on- what information has been provided to them; what they have been asked to consider, and there own interpretation of the law/ precedent.
     
    The opinion will remain privileged unless privilege is waived.
     
     
    We do not know what body(ies) is(are) the subject of a potential JR- whether it is a JR of the SFA/SPL or the LNS commission.
     
     
    However basic principles dictate that the findings of LNS could be quashed if, for example, same considered irrelevant or incorrect material or knowingly ignored relevant material. Similarly if the decision was one reached which no reasonable tribunal could have reached based on the evidence sane may be liable to JR.
     
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    Response from YY
     
    I think based on the SPFL response to a journo regarding the inclusion or exclusion of the wee tax case in the LNS Commission, that a matter considered irrelevant and so not properly examined was excluded. It was not just the lawfulness of the ebts that was left out but the omission of actual dishonesty, that was obvious from Rangers accepting, on QC advice , that RFC were liable to pay the tax owed under the DOS (wtc) scheme, the situation where they lied to HMRC about holding side letters for two players whilst at the same time (in Apr 2005 ) having 16 players on the books and another 13 who had left, all with side letters at the time of enquiry.
     
    In the very act of passing the buck to the SPL to investigate the SFA avoided any charge under
     
    Article 5
     
    5. Obligations and Duties of Members
     
    5.1 All members shall:-
     
    (a) observe the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship in accordance with the rules of fair play
     
    (b) be subject to and shall comply with:-
     
    (i) these Articles;
     
    (ii) the Judicial Panel Protocol;
     
    (iii) the Challenge Cup Competition Rules;
     
    (iv) the Registration Procedures;
     
    (v) International Match Calendar;
     
    (vi) Club Licensing Procedures; and
     
    (vii) any statutes, regulations, directives, codes, decisions promulgated by the Board, the Professional Game Board, the Non-Professional Game Board, the Judicial Panel, a Committee or sub-committee, FIFA, UEFA or the Court of Arbitration for Sport;
     
    (c) recognise and submit to the jurisdiction of the Court of Arbitration for Sport as specified in the relevant provisions of the FIFA Statutes and the UEFA Statutes;
     
    (d) respect the Laws of the Game;
     
    (e) refrain from engaging in any activity, practice or conduct which would constitute an offence under sections 1, 2 or 6 of the Bribery Act 2010; and
     
    (f) behave towards the Scottish FA and other members with the utmost good faith.
     
    Specifically a) and particularly f).
     
     
    It has always bemused me why the Judicial Panel charged CW of bringing the game into disrepute for a number of reasons including non payment of PAYE and VAT but not non payment and failure to meet his undertaking to pay the wtc bill.
     
     
    Further in the JP charge sheet Art 5.1 a gets a mention amongst a list but 5.1.a)and f) do not appear in the actual charges themselves.
     
     
    What this means is that CW was found guilty by the JP but Rangers as a club and SFA member have never been charged with breaches of 5.1a and f.
     
     
    What the wtc shows is evidence of dishonesty, but it is but one example of which Res12 evidence is so full there is even a map of dishonesty which would suggest to a criminal court that there was
     
    ” previous” (as in behaviour.)
     
     
    It is because dishonesty is denied, in fact LNS says there was no question of dishonesty, personal or corporate, regarding registration, in spite of it never been asked, that the attempts to put the matter to bed (which is what LNS appears to be an attempt at, have failed. The proper charge has been avoided but then again how could you allow any club with office bearers carrying that reputation into Scottish football, certainly without proper controls on it?
     
    Ooops they just did.
     
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    XX said
     
    The SFA or SPL would arguably be liable to JR if they deliberately stymied LNS or were procedurally incorrect in establishing LNS or acted wholly unreasonably.
     
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    YY replied
     
    See my first comment. Although it was an SPL Commission that was no excuse to avoid SFA Articles. Indeed in recent interviews that has been the SPFL defence – as in that was not our job.
     
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    XX Said
     
    I should also add that the JR court would also look to whether any alternative remedy was open to the Applicant. I don’t know if UEFA or FIFA or CAS may have been approached.
     
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    YY replied
     
    It was my view from the off that the SFA should have been the commissioners (it was their registration witness that swung things) and CAS the court of appeal.
     
     
    I don’t know why they pay thousands for lawyers – we just made the case fur nuthin!
     
     
    http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/a-judicial-review-of-the-lord-nimmo-smith-commission/comment-page-11/#comment-3097738

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  7. upthehoops


    So far Celtic are the only club to respond since the Supreme Court decision. Surely they can engage a QC, or QC’s to review the advice given by the SPFL QC and make the results public. I know such an exercise would not come cheaply but Celtic could well afford it. 

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  8. Cluster One

    Cluster One


    AULDHEIDAUGUST 6, 2017 at 17:32
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6uWzxhblAt9UkNvbkxocFUtbFU/view?usp=sharing 
    ———————-
    Where any of these fines or sanctions for breaches of said rules by Rangers fc and breaches of said rules by Mr Craig Whyte ever imposed or collected?

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  9. bigboab1916

    bigboab1916


    BBC Sport Scotland wheeling out and allowing cheats to voice an opinion and disrespecting every other team in the SPL. I love when people hit out with statements similar to shite like i would have played for beer money. 

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  10. upthehoops


    BIGBOAB1916AUGUST 6, 2017 at 19:42 
    BBC Sport Scotland wheeling out and allowing cheats to voice an opinion and disrespecting every other team in the SPL. I love when people hit out with statements similar to shite like i would have played for beer money. 

    Neither will it end there. They have EBT recipients as pundits. They appear to have let Gordon Smith back in. The same Gordon Smith who was on the board at Rangers when millions were withheld in PAYE and N.I contributions. Just how bad would it be if Rangers actually spoke to BBC Scotland, when they are as beholden as they are even when they are banned from Ibrox!

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  11. Auldheid


    Cluster OneAugust 6, 2017 at 18:23      i 2 Votes 
    AULDHEIDAUGUST 6, 2017 at 17:32https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6uWzxhblAt9UkNvbkxocFUtbFU/view?usp=sharing ———————-Where any of these fines or sanctions for breaches of said rules by Rangers fc and breaches of said rules by Mr Craig Whyte ever imposed or collected?
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    There is a bit of confusion because RFC were subject to two fines.
    The Judicial Panel issued a £160,000 fine on RFC (IA) in April 2012 with 12 months to pay for
    (2) Disciplinary Rule 2 (By failing to procure that one of Rangers FC’s officials, namely Craig Whyte, Director, acted in accordance with Disciplinary Rule 1 by failing to disclose to the Scottish FA his said disqualification); £10,000
    and
    (3)Disciplinary Rule 14 (By suffering an insolvency event on 14th February 2012); £50,000
    and
    (4) Disciplinary Rule 66 (Bringing the game into disrepute: by failing to disclose, or by failing to procure the disclosure, to the Scottish FA of the said disqualification of Craig Whyte; by failing to comply with the rules of the PLUS Stock Exchange by failing to disclose to PLUS Stock Exchange the said disqualification of Craig Whyte; by failing to lodge Annual Accounts by 31st December 2011, pursuant to Section 447 of the Companies Act 2006; by failing to hold an Annual General Meeting by 1stJanuary 2012, pursuant to Section 336 of the Companies Act 2006; by the non-payment to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs of Pay As You Earn tax payments and National Insurance Contributions for employees of Rangers FC and Value Added Tax; and by failing to pay to Dunfermline AFC by 21stFebruary 2012, monies due to them for the Scottish Premier League match played on 11th February 2012, pursuant to RuleC14.5 of the Rules of the Scottish Premier League); £100,000
    There were a couple of more breaches for which a censure was issued.
    They also fined Craig Whyte £200,000 for bringing the game into disrepute.
    The latter was never paid.
    What was paid under the 5 Way was the £250,000 fine handed out by LNS for not registering side letters. That was eventually paid after appeal
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/30510604
    by withholding broadcasting money that TRFC would have otherwise have received. Saved them ponying up as well.
    The 5 Way also required the £160,000 to be paid. viz:
    2.5.3 Sevco will make payment to the SFA of the aggregate of (i) the fine of £10,000 imposed on RFC for the breach of Rule 2 of the JP Protocol; (ii) the fine of £50,000 imposed on RFC for the breach of Rule 14 of the JP Protocol; (iii) the fine of £100,000 imposed on RFC for the breach of Rule 66 of the JP Protocol; and (iv) the fine of £5,000 imposed on RFC for breach of Rule 73 of the JP Protocol, and shall pay the costs incurred by the SFA in relation to the Judicial Review in the sum of £31,063.40; the total sum to be paid to the SFA pursuant to this Clause 2.5.3 will be £196,063.40;
    but whilst there is a public record that the LNS fine was paid there is nothing about payment of thr £160000 fine. If it was similarly paid from other sums due to TRFC it would not appear in their accounts and possibly only the SFA will know if it has been paid.
    Or an SFM reader might know 🙂  
     

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  12. Cluster One

    Cluster One


    AULDHEIDAUGUST 6, 2017 at 21:12
    Thanks for clarification.
    There was a lot to read through in https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6uWzxhblAt9UkNvbkxocFUtbFU/view?usp=sharing 
    And i just could not see any part were it said fines paid.I know the LNS fine was eventually withheld from prize money from the ibrox club.
    The other fines. did i read correctly if not paid within 30 days an increase of 4% until paid?

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  13. Auldheid


    Cluster OneAugust 6, 2017 at 22:00   Rate This 
    AULDHEIDAUGUST 6, 2017 at 21:12 Thanks for clarification. There was a lot to read through in https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6uWzxhblAt9UkNvbkxocFUtbFU/view?usp=sharing  And i just could not see any part were it said fines paid.I know the LNS fine was eventually withheld from prize money from the ibrox club. The other fines. did i read correctly if not paid within 30 days an increase of 4% until paid?
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    It said that but an appeal was made, subsequently rejected and its not clear if they let CG off with the interest.

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  14. John Clark


    AuldheidAugust 6, 2017 at 21:12
    ‘…by withholding broadcasting money that TRFC would have otherwise have received. Saved them ponying up as well.’
    _________
    Ah, yes, of course!

    Some of the  thirty pieces of silver, to get which  our Football Governance people sold the integrity of our Sport!

    “Never mind any other creditors, Charles, just pay your football debts and we’ll see you all right . We will create  the Big Lie.We know we can rely on the SMSM ( and especially BBC Radio Scotland) to support  us might and main in propagating that Big Lie as the New Truth.”

    Metaphorically speaking ( but only by a small margin) I wish those prostitutes of truth and honour would do what their exemplar did – go hang themselves from the highest flagstaff at Hampden!

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  15. Cluster One

    Cluster One


    The 5 Way also required the £160,000 to be paid.
    ————-
    If this was never paid does this not bring the 5 way into disrepute

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  16. easyJambo


    Auldheid August 6, 2017 at 21:12
    Or an SFM reader might know  
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    I suspect that it was probably paid.  RIFC’s 2013 accounts show a non recurring item “Repayment of RFC 2012 plc football debt” of £2.721m which appears to have been paid during that financial year.  It also shows a further entry “Football club creditors of RFC 2012 plc taken on by the Group of £251,000 are included within other creditors”. I’d imagine that the £251k relates to the LNS fine.

    Duff & Phelps creditors report of 10 July 2012 acknowledges the £160k fine and that it must be paid within 12 months.

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  17. John Clark


    Cluster OneAugust 6, 2017 at 22:14
    ‘….If this was never paid does this not bring the 5 way into disrepute.’
    ________________
    The 5-Way agreement was a disgustingly dishonest capitulation to  a bullying charlatan in order to ‘save’ the most consistently, over a  long number of years, cheating  club( probably) in the whole recorded history of world football!

    If the wretches who manufactured it expected any of the other parties to it to behave honourably and adhere to its terms, more fool they.

    And more obviously are they left in that wasteland in which  those who lie unsuccessfully find themselves .

    They not only lose their entitlement to ordinary respect but ,losing out  to their ‘partners’ in deceit,they are objects of scorn in their failure to be  ‘competent’ in their badness! 

    CG is alleged to have remarked that he had put one over on CW in the Sevco 5088/SevcoScotland matter. ( Anyone seen the deed of novation,by the way?19)

    He certainly made absolute mince of our Football Governance people!

    And they will have to answer for that, or go hang themselves.

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  18. Auldheid


    easyJamboAugust 6, 2017 at 22:27

    Cheers. You know I meant you, don’t you? 15

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  19. wottpi


    So Mols is just another in a line of players who would have played for ‘petrol money’ or similar.

    Of course what is trying to say is if a deal had been offered, even on lesser cash, he would probably have taken it.

    If we accept this as the truth then why was SDM needing to run a tax avoidance scheme to help save money the club when all these talented players were apparently ready to stroll up to Ibrox just for the sheer joy of pulling on a blue shirt?

    Was he duped by all these none too bright footballers and their agents?

    It is of course a load of cobblers and shame on anyone allowing such pish to be uttered in the public domain without a challenge.

    Other than players on the way down in terms of their abilities or at the end of their career with a good deal of cash in the bank will someone take a drop in wages or play for peanuts.

    Given the shelf life of a pro footballer anyone half decent (and their agent) is going to be looking for the best deal possible. It has always been thus even when some of the real legends of the Scottish game were getting little more than their petrol money – or even bus fares!!.

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  20. Smugas


    Just on Gordon Smith.  If not done already if some of you twitterati could tweetypie Tom English and ask if he didn’t verbally savage Gordon Smith on radio out of shere sympathy?  I was genuinely embarrassed for the man.

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  21. John Clark


    SmugasAugust 6, 2017 at 23:48
    ‘…could tweetypie Tom English and ask if he didn’t verbally savage Gordon Smith on radio out of shere sympathy?’
    _______
    Sadly, the evidence is that your man Tom is in the camp of the ‘same club’ ers, and just wishes that we should all ignore and ‘move on ‘ from, and accept meekly the fact that you and I have been lied to by our Football Authorities.

    It is no part of a proper journalist’s job to be ‘sympathetic’ to false propaganda.
    English has a duty ( now that he’s a ‘BBC’ man, Ha!) to speak the truth.

    He should have pointed out to Smith  that the sporting offence, the football business offence, was the deliberate intention by SDM to hide , against the Articles of Association, the truth about the payments he was making to his players.

    That’s the bloody thing!

    The bast..d Murray intended to cheat his fellow clubs, and the supporters of those other clubs.

    The SFA did so as well.And the SPFL? What can we say about them?

    And English lends himself open to the worst charge that can be levelled against a ‘journalist’.

    Who used the word ‘complicity’?

    Bad, and very bad, cess to the lot of them.

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  22. StevieBC

    StevieBC


    Based on what we have observed over the last 5+ years, and continuing today…
     
    The SMSM is stupid.
     
    The so called sports journalists continue to look the other way, and copy / paste the p!sh handed to them by Jabba, and interviews are seriously lacking in questions.
     
    That’s the hacks’ choice.
     
    Do they never consider that the quality of their output might be directly correlated to their newspaper sales falling off a cliff?
     
    They are a disgrace to their profession, and too thick / cowardly to realise that printing the truth could actually boost their sales.
     
    The sooner the likes of Keef, English, Spiers et al disappear from public the better.
     
    I get more honest updates from the Internet Bampots.

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  23. upthehoops


    Re Tom English and Michael Mols. I read a Twitter exchange where he claims BBC have represented ‘both sides’ in the title stripping debate. Personally I think that’s nonsense, but he makes it sound like an entrenched argument where both sides should concede some ground, Wouldn’t that mean that both sides would have to be guilty of wrongdoing, when there is only one guilty party who have been, and still are, appeased by the authorities and media alike?

    So there you have it folks. For your licence fee a journalist is flown to Amsterdam to provide a completely unchallenged platform for a tax cheat to spout unsubstantiated nonsense, which could have been lifted straight from Rangers TV.  No doubt on Sportsound tonight other tax cheats who have pocketed the money that should have gone to schools, hospitals and the armed forces will also be handed a publicly funded platform. 

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  24. cmontheshire


    It is so good to read so many posters and, of course, BRTH, remind us that we are trying to do here is to ensure that our social and legal mechanisms are used for keeping us civilised, just and honest. Lies are deployed to give organisations and individuals an unfair advantage in their dealings with others. All of actions of the SFA, SPFL,  Murray, Whyte, Green, King, SMSM, BBC and the supremacist bigots in our establishment etc have lied consistently over the duration of this saga, solely to give the Ibrox entities an undeserved advantage in its dealings with others. Thankfully, they are not even very good liars, since their collective memory is pragmatic, utilitarian and inconsistent and makes weak everything they say.
    The SMSM in particular should be vehemently castigated for what they have offered up, simply because it is so apparent that they are defending obvious lies, through their deploying of pea-brained sycophants and headlight-startled EBT rabbits, to propagate the continuity myth.
    Twenty-five centuries ago, in one of his mind-boggling treatises on ethics, Aristotle reminded us that we do not function well as a a community when we do not place honouring truth, even above honouring friends. The lies and deceit of all of the groups mentioned above will eventually be exposed to the daylight and we cannot allow it to be otherwise, for it is these condoned lies and deceptions that have created this sorry state of affairs. The people who have done this should have no place of prominence or credibility in our sport and should be shunned for what they have done.  
    At times, it does not appear that all the good efforts of the bloggers, posters et al, do not achieve a great deal. Nothing could be further from the truth these days, because the repository of truth lies far more with us, than it does with the self-serving groups who push lies and deceit.
    Many thanks to all here who contribute so much to getting us where we would like to be…… a place where truth, integrity and decency override privilege and unfair advantage.

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  25. Smugas


    I don’t dispute any of what you say on the wider issues folks.  But I take particular umbrage when he announces in all serious Ex SFA Presidential tones that 1/ there was no sporting advantage (I am assuming he concedes a 50m financial advantage but I shouldn’t take anything for granted) 2/ there was sporting competition from the north east when he played that was somehow “less exciting” but then 3/ “the money side” allowed Celtic and Rangers to pull away and nobody thinks to suggest he’s just directly contradicted himself.  And I include rampant Don Richard Gordon in that.

    his blinkers hidden well beneath an outward veneer of breathtaking incompetence (for such a role) make him as big a place man as Ogilvie.  Someone who could do the three monkeys with only two hands!

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  26. naegreetin


    UT H @ 07.17 7 Aug 2017 

    Re the BBC Radio Scotland – I listened to 10 mins of a BBC Sportsound yesterday hosted by Tam Cowan & featuring Alex Rae (EBT £595K) & the Son of the Manse musing over managerial positions in Scottish football – Rae was bemoaning his luck in getting the sack from St Mirren & basically selling himself for any job to get back in the game – at one stage he was encouraged (on air) to phone Alex McCleish by the SoM to establish whether McLeish (EBT £2.5m) would be interested in the Hearts job .

    What is it about the BBC & its fixation with getting the views of ex Ibrox hasbeens & utilising tax payers money on listening to tax cheats bemoaning their luck ? As for sending someone to Amsterdam to get the view of Mols – really !

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  27. Fisiani


    The time has come to form a conclave of the best minds in Scottish football who seek integrity in Scottish football. Forgive me if I miss someone out but since the tragic and untimely death of Paul McConnell I’d propose a brains trust of (in no particular order) Phil McG, James Forrest, Auldheid, JohnJames, BRTH ,The Mensch and RTC et al to brief the QC employed by Celtic . We will only get one chance to find justice and it has to be awesome. 

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  28. Allyjambo

    Allyjambo


    I don’t know what it is that prompted a twitter exchange between Paul Larkin and Chris McLaughlin, but it would appear that it has become known, somehow, that Ann Budge is keen to review the EBT scam. The following, consecutive, tweets are from the exchange, and seem to suggest that McLaughlin agrees with Paul Larkin that Ann Budge is hoping for/seeking a review of the EBTs (LNS?). I cannot express how much I hope this is true, not just that it might come about, but, more importantly on a personal level, that the chairperson of my club should look to do the honourable thing in the name of Hearts.

    PL
    Yeah. Here’s an example. When you interviewed Ann Budge you knew she wanted a new inquiry into the EBT years. Yet that wasn’t on TV.

    CM
    No Paul, I didn’t know that. You need to stop assuming things then running with your own narrative.

    PL
    I don’t assume it. I got told that by the person you called and who asked you what the feeling was among other spfl CEO’s/owners.

    CM
    I’d suggest you ask that person again. I was not aware of AB desire for a review before I interviewed her. 100% fact.

    I’ve just taken another look at the exchange, and McLaughlin appears to have moved from a position of being aware (at least) of Ann Budge’s wish for a review, to not knowing anything about it! ‘Not knowing’ seems to be a default position of all ‘Rangers’ protectors!

    For those interested, here is a link to the initial tweet from Paul Larkin:

    https://twitter.com/paullarkin74/status/894461350214324224

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  29. Homunculus

    Homunculus


    FISIANI
    AUGUST 7, 2017 at 09:42
    ==================================

    I realise you post there and fair enough but JohnJames and The Mensch, you really cannot be serious in that.

    Ignoring the fact that it is almost certainly the same person, do you genuinely think that either of these names gives any type of credibility to the process. A plagiarist who has published all sorts of filth on a private blog which he charges people to reply to. Who regularly deletes thing which he gets totally wrong. Who deleted his entire archive so that he could feed back the bits that he got right and which weren’t grossly offensive. Who has attacked other bloggers who are of a different opinion to him, who has often attacked this blog and the people here. 

    It is difficult to think of a worse person to be involved in such a process. 

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  30. Barcabhoy

    Barcabhoy


    Fisiani,

    Celtic aren’t employing a QC . The fans are. 

    Celtic have direct access , as a member of both the SFA and the SPFL. They have already succeeded in a committment from the SPFL to a wide ranging enquiry . We await the terms of reference of that enquiry. However it will not include the potential to set aside the LNS enquiry, according to Rod McKenzie

    Hence the need for the fans to ask a court to do so.The basis is LNS was not provided with relevent evidence of use of unlawful or irregular tax schemes . LNS , by his own words , said he proceeded on the basis that these schemes were lawful. He also stated that the SPL had rules to prevent breaches of Sporting Integrity and he found Rangers guilty of that , but not in a manner that provided Sporting Advantage.

    Based on what was hidden from LNS plus what has been ruled on by the Supreme Court , that conclusion by LNS looks fundamentally flawed

    The SFA have failed completely in their role as protector of the game. I have no doubt whatsever that Celtic want fundamental change there. However at this stage the fans don’t have a specific decision that the SFA have made , in regards to the Sporting Advantage , that was the subject of an independent panel, and therefore open to a JR request 
    I agree that the non decisions described above by BRTH should be the subject and included in an SFA commisioned fully independent review . However as yet they have decided a 3 monkeys approach is all we are getting . Lets see if Celtic get enough support from other clubs on this one 

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  31. paddy malarkey

    paddy malarkey


    Nothing to do with the governance of Scottish football, but may be of interest to some .

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/albums/with/72157639959761466

    Feel free to ignore, mods !

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  32. jean7brodie

    jean7brodie


    I know some people on here don’t like JohnJames so apologies in advance.
    I found the comment by Grutto interesting.  Mods, do what you want with this.

    Don’t know how to make it blue and instantly accessible!!
    Oops it did it itself!!

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  33. bfbpuzzled


    Johnjames might have some kind of difficulty with SFM. But that did not stop him from citing and pasting almost the the entirety of this blog…and doubtless to demand payment for doing that

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  34. Bill1903

    Bill1903


    JJs speakeasy is just an extreme Celtic fan blog to me these days.
    He is a former Rangers man don’t ya know (aye ok)
    Even the comment section has been taken over by the  Celtic good everyone else bad squad.
    At least this site has the excellent input from the two jambos and a few others.

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  35. Homunculus

    Homunculus


    JEAN7BRODIE
    AUGUST 7, 2017 at 16:44
    =================================

    Whether people like the person who runs that blog surely isn’t the point.

    Fisiana suggested “… a  conclave of the best minds in Scottish football who seek integrity in Scottish football.”

    He then went on to suggest

    “… a brains trust of (in no particular order) Phil McG, James Forrest, Auldheid, JohnJames, BRTH ,The Mensch and RTC et al to brief the QC employed by Celtic .”

    I simply do not think that including JohnJames / The Mensch would enhance either the ability or the credibility of any such venture. 

    I’m not sure if the idea is to limit the people involved to known Celtic supporters, if it were then I would suggest that Barca and BP are obvious choices to be involved. However I think it would be an even better idea if supporters from other clubs were to be involved. Off the top of my head EJ and AJ would be obvious candidates, though I’m not sure what their feelings would be on the matter.

    Bottom line, credibility of the people concerned is important, as is what particular thing they bring to the debate. Be it specialist knowledge and skills, and forum in which they can get the message out, a drive and determination to see the job through, organisational skills to help pull the whole thing together.

    I have no doubt whatsoever that the people concerned have already thought of all of that and are dealing with it between themselves. 

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  36. jean7brodie

    jean7brodie


    I didn’t mean to be so controversial but I still found Grutto’s comment interesting. Not too good at getting statistics myself etc.
    Maybe I’ll just go back to reading.

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  37. bigboab1916

    bigboab1916


    Will you sacrifice 48,000(estimated guess) all paying for a season ticket or will you move on and let us shaft you and cheat you for the good of the game.
    Sacrifice punish the guilty for cheating or move on, let the guilty go free for cheating you, thats the choices to choose from and stark reality for Scottish football clubs and their fans.

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  38. Auldheid


    Another reason why “moving on” is impossible and why the SFA and SPFL AND our clubs have got it all wrong.
    The fox is back in the hen house and was invited in !.
    https://videocelts.com/2017/08/blogs/latest-news/andrew-dickson-how-does-he-get-away-with-it/

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  39. Auldheid


    BarcabhoyAugust 7, 2017 at 14:18  Fisiani,
    Celtic aren’t employing a QC . The fans are. 
    Celtic have direct access , as a member of both the SFA and the SPFL. They have already succeeded in a committment from the SPFL to a wide ranging enquiry . We await the terms of reference of that enquiry. However it will not include the potential to set aside the LNS enquiry, according to Rod McKenzie
    ====================
    Why on earth not? If there was some sort contract in the 5 Way that says that could not happen what would be consequences of breaking it?
    Could one club sue another or the SPFL or SFA? Which club? On what basis? That there was an agreement not to apply sporting sanctions even though merited?
    In short who the hell is going to want to go to court and against whom on that basis?
    This “defence” is not about failing to applying sporting sanctions, its about the parties who were guilty of guaranteeing it and engineering that result not getting their jotters. I include McKenzie as an engineer and Regan and Doncaster as the mechanics.
    Having said that I do appreciate there has to be a separate process for getting rid of those fighting a rear guard action, one that all supporters of all clubs (bar one) will want to get behind.
    Glad also to hear Celtic want fundamental change in the SFA to be protectors of the game, even if its taken 4 years.06

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  40. jimbo

    jimbo


    CQN:

    “Today, taped interviews and emails have been seized by the powers-that-be at Hampden, and a formal period of preliminary investigation is now underway.
    This case is now live, and, as such, we are duty-bound to refrain from providing any further details that may prove prejudicial to the ongoing SFA enquiries.
    What we will say at this stage, however, is that whilst five-way agreements may well prevent title-stripping, the potential outcome of these paranoia-busting revelations might leave our game’s guardians with no other option. 
    No other option could also be read as no other alternative. 
    And this is only the beginning of what is a developing story…”
    —————————————-
    Well Well Well,  Something is going on!

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  41. Auldheid


    Jimbo

    http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/ 

    If story is sound and stands investigation it is and was a game changer.
    The fact that SFA have stepped in means that if it is sound, they want to keep control over it, but I doubt they could long grass it if it is. The pampas grass isn’t high enough.

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  42. jimbo

    jimbo


    What would make you satisfied?

    a/ Title stripping, in order to acknowledge the cheating.

    b/ That cheating happened.

    c/ Reform of football governance, in particular getting rid of Regan & Doncaster and the formation of a single tier body with loads of fan representation.  IE the lessening of the power of corrupt, greedy & cowardly Club reps. CEOs & MDs.

    d/The destruction of LNS outcomes (not setting aside – DESTRUCTION)

    e/ Exposure of the 5 way agreement.

    f/ All referees made to declare their club & membership of Masonic Lodges.

    g/ Referees not allowed to officiate at any games involving their favoured club.

    h/ Financial Fair Play invoked in Scotland.

    I/ Admit continuity is a myth.

    I could go on, but any of 4 from the above list would make me a bit happier.

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  43. bigboab1916

    bigboab1916


    jimboAugust 7, 2017 at 22:12 
    What would make you satisfied?
    The truth as this would tick probably all the boxes. If the SFA would have just applied the laws and rules and stop treating their customers as fools. They did not once apoligised to creditors who lost out to a problem that could have been nipped in the bud a long time ago, innocent people continued putting money in to a club that was on the way out and spiralling downwards in debts, to have allowed creditors dues to continue and escalate is the SFA’s fault no-one has admitted or recognised this. To me it is criminal to allow something that hurts people financialy to continue. Taxis, newspaper agents,fast food, face painters, etc working class people paying tax and been fleeced by tax dodgers.
    Systematically Fleeced Anyone

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  44. StevieBC

    StevieBC


    On the face of it, this CQN story sounds VERY interesting!

    Sounds like the Hampden blazers are now in fire fighting mode – and with a possible JR looming…

    Hell mend them.

    Hope the blazers – and complicit clubs – are completely exposed.

    Fingers crossed that the end game is fast approaching for the Scottish senior game; to purge itself of all corrupt influences.

    And only then can the fans decide whether or not to move on.

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  45. wottpi


    Colour me somewhat hesitant but how many ‘nuclear events’ and ‘developing stories’ have we been teased with over the years, all of which have failed to materialise?

    Like most folks on here I hope CQN has something worthwhile to nail wrongdoers with but , once again, I am not holding my breath.

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  46. upthehoops


    AULDHEIDAUGUST 7, 2017 at 22:09 
    http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/ 

    If story is sound and stands investigation it is and was a game changer.The fact that SFA have stepped in means that if it is sound, they want to keep control over it, but I doubt they could long grass it if it is. The pampas grass isn’t high enough.

    =================================

    When I read this my first thoughts were how can the SFA ‘sieze’ anything, unless they have obtained a court order to do so. In that case would it not be a matter of public record? I then wondered why a group of people would so willingly hand over material of this nature to the organisation they probably feel are the least trustworthy of all to do the right thing.

    However e-mails and tapes can be copied of course!

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  47. bordersdon


    wottpiAugust 8, 2017 at 07:04
    Colour me somewhat hesitant but how many ‘nuclear events’ and ‘developing stories’ have we been teased with over the years, all of which have failed to materialise?
    Like most folks on here I hope CQN has something worthwhile to nail wrongdoers with but , once again, I am not holding my breath.
    ——————————————————————————-
    There is no chance that this story is in any way true. There.

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  48. Smugas


    Without going into the specifics of this 2003 story suffice it to say I share the scepticism of the above. 

    On a wider point though it will be interesting to see how the blazers react to the tightening noose.  I would fully expect the clubs to jettison Regan and Doncaster making them the fall guys and lets be honest not a tear would be shed by 100% of the Scottish club football fanbase.  (what was it Jackson said?  It was a good day in the Record office when both sides claimed he was biased!)  Regan and Doncaster’s tenure is marked by (being extremely generous to the point, and beyond, of naivety) ‘rank incompetence.’  But that is the natural response that was expected in 2013 at the very latest, taking time only to complete the triangle with Ogilvie as they were forced out of the door, cardboard boxes of desk contents in hand.  I said at the time that either ‘Rangers’ (sic) had to fall on their sword for cheating (if same club) or ‘die'(sic) (if new club) OR the three amigos had to fall on their swords for blatant incompetence.  To offer to do it now isn’t enough. 

    I’m not sure what will be, but that is a situation entirely of their own making.

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  49. Jingso.Jimsie

    Jingso.Jimsie


    JIMBO

    AUGUST 7, 2017 at 21:48        

    CQN:

    “Today, taped interviews and emails have been seized by the powers-that-be at Hampden, and a formal period of preliminary investigation is now underway.
    ————————————–

    The interesting phrase in that CQN splash is ‘East Coast’.

    Sounds like the SFA are getting ready to investigate Ferranti Thistle>Meadowbank Thistle>Livvy again!

    (Only joking…)

    If (and it’s the usual big ‘if’) the SFA is investigating anything, my thoughts are that it’s a diversionary tactic away from the big story.

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  50. Finloch


    Why would any one of us believe that we can now trust the SFA?

    The same people have been in power since before all this happened.

    The self same Regan, the wooden man who once nearly wore out the word “transparency” in an interview and since then has forgotten what he said. 

    The self same small group of influential chairmen who were and are effectively Regan’s puppetmasters.

    The same combination of people who knew about stuff that should have rung alarm bells.

    Those nice folks who helped formulate, discussed as it evolved and signed off on the 5 way agreement (The originals which had title stripping as a requirement).

    The group who masterminded the deeply flawed and blindsighted LNS charade and then hold it up as a key ruling.

    An organisation that has only ever wanted to move on rather than address the ramifications of its own deep seated prejudices, inherent tribalism and subsequent seismic failings.

    Some might say the difference now might be the fact that someone new has recently moved over from the SPFL and taken up an influential SFA position.

    I’d love to be convinced but find it hard to believe any review will ever be clean because there is too much some key players want to stay buried?

    I do however think the fans review has scared some people who don’t want to be sucked in.

    If so

    More Power to the Fans.

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  51. Allyjambo

    Allyjambo


    AuldheidAugust 7, 2017 at 22:09  
    Jimbohttp://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/ If story is sound and stands investigation it is and was a game changer.The fact that SFA have stepped in means that if it is sound, they want to keep control over it, but I doubt they could long grass it if it is. The pampas grass isn’t high enough.
    _____________________

    Might just be me, but I can’t find the CQN story everyone seems to be referring to. Has it been taken down?

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  52. Dunderheid


    AJ

    Try here: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/a-developing-story/

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  53. Allyjambo

    Allyjambo


    DunderheidAugust 8, 2017 at 12:00  
    AJTry here: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/a-developing-story/
    ______________________

    Thanks, Dunder, I got that OK. Seems to be something that’s so sensational, we best not get too carried away with it until we learn more. JJ seems to be suggesting, without credit to CQN, that it’s to do with the Dunfermline/Calderwood/Masterton/Murray/Rangers link and that famous 6-1 win!

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  54. paddy malarkey

    paddy malarkey


    Just passing this on , including the words below .

    http://kerrydalestreet.co.uk/topic/8054574/413/?x=0#post30491060
     
     
     
    no idea if the link will work. It’s from 2013 Off the ball – Jimmy Calderwood telling the programme that David Murray phoned him up and installed him as manager at Dunfermline!!!!
    The plot just gets murkier and murkier.
    I’ve heard rumours of evidence of match fixing as well – supposedly someone has managed to get hold of an email suggesting a team should lie down – rangers – Dunfermline game from 2003?

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  55. Homunculus

    Homunculus


    ALLYJAMBO
    AUGUST 8, 2017 at 12:14
    ==============================

    He does eventually credit CQN. Not in his blog, in a comment, after someone else has already mentioned it.

    Darrenfrasersays:August 8, 2017 at 6:33 am
    CQN have proof of match fixing and hand this proof to wait for it……..SFA, I remember day well arrived home Seville that afternoon nothing wotmake me happier but ole file that one under nonsense. Not saying it isn’t true but nothing will come of it.

    sitonfencesays:August 8, 2017 at 7:50 am
    I can assure you this is not a squirrel. The source is CQN – Chapeau to Paul, David and their investigative agent – and is live. I should add that the incriminating documents were ‘seized by the SFA’ wnich is suggestive of a court order and the fact that they are taking this seriously. If they attempt to bury it, CQN will bury them.

    (The sitonfence comment is not directly in reply to Darrenfraser, it is to someone else.)

    As a side issue, I have read elsewhere the opinion that the SFA would have obtained some sort of Court Order to force CQN to hand over the material to them. I don’t believe that the SFA are an investigatory body, or even a public body per se (certainly with regards FOI(S)) so what sort of Order would they be able to get to force this to happen. 

    Please note I am not questioning whether this happened or not, just asking if anyone knows the procedure by which it would have. 

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  56. easyJambo


    If the taped interview was from Off The Ball, then there is nothing untoward about it. A friend  offers to get you a job with  the owner of another company, became he is a business associate of his. Sorry, there is nothing in that part of the story to get worked up about.

    The Emails would have to be much more incriminating. 

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  57. Bogs Dollox


    easyJamboAugust 8, 2017 at 13:58 
    If the taped interview was from Off The Ball, then there is nothing untoward about it. A friend  offers to get you a job with  the owner of another company, became he is a business associate of his. Sorry, there is nothing in that part of the story to get worked up about.
    The Emails would have to be much more incriminating. 
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I’m not so sure. What we have is the Chairman of one SPL club installing the manager at another one with a view to moving him to his club after a suitable imtroduction to Scottish football management. There is scope for a conflict of interest right from the off. Not to mention the undue influence being exerted by one club on another.

    In 2003 Masterton had left HBOS and was in deep financial difficulty with his Stadia Group which was impacting on Livingston. Plenty of scope for business favours to be done in return for a football one.

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  58. John Clark


    FinlochAugust 8, 2017 at 11:10
    ‘..Why would any one of us believe that we can now trust the SFA?
    ___________
    Indeed, Finloch ,the fact that anyone who stumbled across potential evidence of a match-fixing episode  would take it to the SFA for investigation, or that the SFA would of itself open an investigation , suggests to me that there can be nothing in the story!

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  59. Jingso.Jimsie

    Jingso.Jimsie


    ISTR Calderwood’s appointment at Dunfermline in 1999 was, in part, on the recommendation of the then manager of RFC (notwithstanding the closeness of Murray & Masterton).

    The board of RFC were looking to have a ready-made replacement for their manager when the time came & Calderwood came highly recommended (Dutch experience and was Scottish, to boot!). The problem was that he had next to no experience of the Scottish game & thus was parachuted into Dunfermline to learn the ropes.

    When Advocaat left in 2001, Calderwood wasn’t appointed; McLeish was.

    Whether SDM didn’t think that Calderwood was ‘dignified’/good enough for RFC, or whether Calderwood’s reported health problems militated against him is something I don’t know the answer to.

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  60. easyJambo


    Bogs Dollox August 8, 2017 at 14:10 
    easyJamboAugust 8, 2017 at 13:58  If the taped interview was from Off The Ball, then there is nothing untoward about it. A friend  offers to get you a job with  the owner of another company, became he is a business associate of his. Sorry, there is nothing in that part of the story to get worked up about. The Emails would have to be much more incriminating.  +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I’m not so sure. What we have is the Chairman of one SPL club installing the manager at another one with a view to moving him to his club after a suitable imtroduction to Scottish football management. There is scope for a conflict of interest right from the off. Not to mention the undue influence being exerted by one club on another.
    In 2003 Masterton had left HBOS and was in deep financial difficulty with his Stadia Group which was impacting on Livingston. Plenty of scope for business favours to be done in return for a football one.
    ====================================
    OK … hypothetical situation

    Dunfermline have just got rid of Dick Campbell and Jimmy Nicholl has taken temporary charge.

    Masterton is in a business meeting with Murray, but gets round to talking football matters. Masterton asks Murray if he could recommend anyone for the vacant (or soon to become vacant) manager’s role. Murray says they are settled with Advcocaat in charge at the moment, but says they have been tracking Calderwood for a while on the recommendation of Advocaat.  He has experience in Dutch football, but before Rangers commit themselves they would like to see how he fares in Scottish football.

    Murray says it could be in our mutual interest if he got the Dunfermline job, and if he does well we could be interested in taking him to Ibrox thereafter.

    Where is the conflict of interest in Masterton taking Calderwood on, following a recommendation from Murray?  Managers, players, owners are always in the news recommending people for other jobs, or dropping a story with a compliant journalist, claiming interest in a player to either unsettle the player or to initiate a transfer. It goes on all the time.

    I remember listening to that “Off The Ball” programme and thinking that it was an interesting slant on proceedings, but never any more than that.

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  61. bigboab1916

    bigboab1916


    Now if a an EBT was to have been made to a manager who was running another club in the same division, wow what a story that would be. Lots of worrying takinfg place on other blogs and scathing attacks you start to wonder if such a story could be in existence, hope so as this would spell the end of certain individuals.

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  62. Allyjambo

    Allyjambo


    easyJamboAugust 8, 2017 at 15:39

    I can see the logic in what you say, Easy, if it was just a discussion between chairmen of two comparable clubs, and not between chairmen of two clubs at the two extremes of Scottish football.

    I very much doubt, though, that many people saw Murray as an ‘expert’ on football, he used his(?) money to secure the services of proven people for the post at Ibrox and handed them huge amounts of (ill-gotten) money to secure the best players any club in Scotland could afford. Dunfermline, on the other hand, needed someone able to wheel and deal within the lower reaches of the Scottish game, and, in short, the type of manager Murray would never (in the normal course) have considered or given thought to. How many club chairmen would consider even asking his advice on football matters, never mind acting directly upon it? Add to that the fact that Masterton was, more than likely, Murray’s pawn and responsible, at some level, for the ridiculous exposure of Bank of Scotland to Murray’s excesses, then I doubt they ever had the kind of conversation that other club chairmen had, or that Murray ever did anyone a favour out of some sense of inter-club comradery – just ask Airdrie!

    Add in the fact (and that, at least, we know is a fact) that Murray was a cheating, conniving, high level spiv, happy to use whatever he could to get a jump on the rest of Scottish football, and particularly Celtic, then it is more than acceptable to view this ‘help’ with more than a little suspicion. Whether that led to what happened on that particular helicopter Sunday, we will probably never know, but I do not believe David Murray would ever do anyone, in any sphere of his life, a ‘favour’ for which he would never require a return!

    People who cheat, tend to be cheaters, and cheaters tend to cheat, and cheat, and…

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  63. Homunculus

    Homunculus


    EASYJAMBO
    AUGUST 8, 2017 at 15:39
    ======================================

    I totally agree, if that was the scenario why would the SFA even be interested in it.

    Nothing whatsoever to investigate.

    There would really have to be a lot more than that for there to be any story at all. There would also have to be concrete evidence, for example copy documents or recordings, evidence of payments, something like that.

    A non-story until evidence to the contrary is made available. 

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  64. Allyjambo

    Allyjambo


    bigboab1916August 8, 2017 at 16:31

    If it was ever to be discovered that Jimmy Calderwood had/has an EBT, I’d reckon there’s only one place he would have got it from, unless Masterton took advice from Murray on tax related matters!

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  65. Bogs Dollox


    ALLYJAMBOAUGUST 8, 2017 at 17:11        
    bigboab1916August 8, 2017 at 16:31
    If it was ever to be discovered that Jimmy Calderwood had/has an EBT, I’d reckon there’s only one place he would have got it from, unless Masterton took advice from Murray on tax related matters!

    ==============$=========$==$===$===$==$$
    Wasn’t there an EBT recipient who was “loaned” around £6.5m in tax free lolly. Do we know how he spent that Money at all?

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  66. Cluster One

    Cluster One


    OK … hypothetical situation. Ok i stole that bit from EASYJAMBO14
    What if( love the word if,very small word with a very big meaning)
    What if  Jimmy Calderwood had one of those contracts Ally had.Guaranteed the ibrox managers job next but if he never got it was due a substantial amount of money.
    Ok that’s me out16

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  67. Allyjambo

    Allyjambo


    Here is a link below to a tweet by Clumps. It is a screen grab of a Dunfermline AFC tweeted statement that has, apparently, been taken down in short order. It is in response to Pars fans writing to their club over the EBT decision, and somehow, the current chairman (I am unsure if the full board agree with him) has compared Rangers use of EBTs (which are illegal) with DAFC’s own fall from grace into administration (which is not illegal).

    Now, as a Hearts supporter, I would agree with his assertion that we, and DAFC, have cause for shame, but to compare administration with Rangers use of EBTs, and the accompanying deliberate concealment of side letters from both HMRC and the SFA, smacks of a Real Rangers Man at the helm of DAFC. No true supporter of any club would drag their own club down to the level of Rangers under Murray, not without huge personal sympathy for the Ibrox club! I expect quite a backlash from their own supporters is taking place, particularly from those who have taken the time to write wishing their club to take a stance over the matter in complete contrast to this statement. 

    The statement is not very clear, but it would appear (to me) from part of it that it has been prompted by today’s claims of an inappropriate link between Jimmy Calderwood, Murray and Rangers, mentioning ‘accusations that have been put to me today by the wider media’! 

    Sorry, my lack of IT smarts prevents me from copying the statement over.

    https://twitter.com/TheClumpany/status/895003357219344385

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  68. upthehoops


    ALLYJAMBOAUGUST 8, 2017 at 21:03
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    The statement had a release date of Sunday 20th August. Bizarre.

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  69. StevieBC

    StevieBC


    From an extreme TRFC fans’ site;
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    “Our successful Legal Defence Fund campaign which was established last year accrued a total of £7475.99.

    To date, we have given financial assistance to Ten Rangers supporters.

    These supporters were arrested and charged for merely trying to protect Rangers players and officials, who had come under physical and verbal attack from Hibernian FC supporters, at last year’s Scottish Cup Final at Hampden.

    As the Police Scotland witch hunt is an ongoing process, we again ask that any Rangers supporter unfortunate enough to be a victim of their unwarranted perseverance to make contact with us…”
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    So…these 10 TRFC ‘heroes/victims’ were on the pitch then…?  15

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  70. Allyjambo

    Allyjambo


    upthehoopsAugust 8, 2017 at 21:10  
    ALLYJAMBOAUGUST 8, 2017 at 21:03=========================The statement had a release date of Sunday 20th August. Bizarre.
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    I noticed that, too, UTH, and also found it rather bizarre, so perhaps it’s been a spoof by some eejit hoping to create a squirrel. Hopefully DAFC will release some retraction, one way or the other, soon. I mean, to suggest your own club did something as bad as Rangers did, is extremely bizarre, to say the least. Who would want to dump that on the club they supposedly love?

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  71. Allyjambo

    Allyjambo


    I’ve found this elsewhere and put it up for the benefit of those not on twitter. Upthehoops might note the amended date. 

    Take a look at the part I’ve highlighted, it reads as though the writer hasn’t got a clue about what has recently happened re the tax case, and is only tackling the administration/liquidation aspect of all that’s gone on at Ibrox!

    CHAIRMAN`S STATEMENTTuesday, 8th Aug 2017Club Chairman, Ross McArthur, would like to make the following statement.
    “I am extremely disappointed to have to release the following statement, particularly as the subject matter below has proven to be an unnecessary distraction today on the eve of a very important cup match at Ibrox Stadium tomorrow evening. However, as ever I wish our own supporters to be fully aware of the facts, and put to bed some of the ludicrous accusations that have been put to me today by the wider media.
    Like most other SPFL Clubs, we were contacted a couple of weeks ago by a number of supporters asking for our club to make a public statement following the review of the recent Rangers Tax Case. Myself and my fellow Board members took the decision not to do so, as our business practice since taking over the club from the administrators, has always been not to comment on any matters that do not adversely affect Dunfermline Athletic Football Club today. As a club, we still have a lot of bridges to rebuild. However, out of courtesy I believe you should always take the time to respond to someone who has written to our club. Therefore, I liaised with my fellow Board member (and Supporter Liaison Officer), Drew Main and we individually responded to each person who wrote to us. Most of the emails we received were from DAFC supporters, some were not.
    In our reply, we tried to be honest as we could and to make the point that we felt it would be entirely hypocritical of us to try and make any mileage by commenting on another Scottish football club, as our own club had itself already brought Scottish football into disrepute, when it went into administration in 2013, and we had to be mindful we were in no position to take the moral high ground. Without spelling that out, clearly if DAFC could not pay its own staff, players, other clubs and HMRC then most reasonable people would understand that you have brought the game into disrepute.
    Last week I was then contacted by the SFA, as one of the recipients of the email had clearly not been satisfied with our reply, or was attempting to create an issue, and had asked our governing body to investigate further. I can confirm that the SFA sent me one email, which I fully responded to the same day, explaining that the recipient was either attempting to make mileage in some way, or had taken our reply out of context. There has been no further dialogue between DAFC and the SFA.
    I can also confirm that there was never at any time, reference to former managers, other clubs or previous matches – this is totally spurious.
    There are a lot of positive things happening in Scottish football, and there a lot of good people within our respective clubs and at our governing bodies who are working very hard to promote and showcase our national game, and it is disappointing that everyone cannot focus their energy into looking forward, rather than trying to constantly undermine the credibility of our game”.
    Ross McArthurChairman

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  72. bigboab1916

    bigboab1916


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    Scraping the barrell, media playing to the fools as the good ship dignity prepares for the knackers yard.
    picture says it all!!

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  73. John Clark


    upthehoopsAugust 8, 2017 at 21:10
    ‘..The statement had a release date of Sunday 20th August. Bizarre.’
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     The screen grabs  appear to show the whole of the statement. 
    A very, very poorly written statement, and disgracefully misleading in its attempt to compare  Administration (followed by Liquidation) caused by the deliberate attempt to cheat the tax -man  with Administration ( caused by poor financial control/reckless spending).

    Being a feckless, reckless businessman does not at all equate to being a scheming, cunning, manipulative, cheat.

    For McArthur  to so seek to get us all to ‘move on’ as to be prepared to put his own club in the same category as the club which seriously cheated the tax-man and the whole of Scottish Football over many years is a sign of the same kind of diseased attitude of mind to the notion of ‘Sport’ and to the notion of civic duty that was to be found for many years at Ibrox Park.

    May his statement ( only if genuine, of course) be metaphorically rammed up where,I suppositorily  think it deserves to be rammed up.
    But it surely isn’t genuine? Could he really be so feckin stoopid?

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  74. wottpi


    Sorry to say it guys but, at present and without further evidence, we are getting our knickers in a twist over nowt and looking rather foolish for it.

    The current Pars Board clearly have taken the moral high ground with regard to their own club by admitting they have had problems in the past but are trying to rebuild in the correct fashion.

    They seem an honest hard working bunch and if they had info on match fixing, that presumably would/could only have been arranged via Masterton and Murray, do you not think they would want to bring it to the fore so as to wholly distance themselves from the previous regime?

    While it doesn’t suit our agenda, given what they have gone through I fully understand why the folk in charge don’t give a fig about what other clubs are doing, or even the state of the footballing authorities. Their business plan and objectives will be focused on developing Dunfermline. That is what will probably be taking up most of their waking hours.

    It doesn’t make those in charge at Dunfermline bad people, just folk with differing views and priorities from people on here. 

    Like I said earlier, until the ‘nuclear’ evidence comes to the fore I would advise severe caution and the fans best hope for justice is a level headed approach to try and get a JR, as opposed to getting carried away about back of the taxi cab rumours and gossip.

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  75. easyJambo


    John Clark August 8, 2017 at 22:18
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    You are correct to highlight the nonsense in the statement, but I’d ask you to take a step back for a moment and why the statement was necessary.

    We are all guilty at times of getting our hopes up about some new piece of information being the smoking gun that will bring the walls of Hampden and/or Ibrox crashing down. This has the appearance of being one of those episodes.

    Yes we all want our clubs to be vocal about the injustices that have gone on, and many of us are frustrated by their apparent lack of interest, or a willingness to challenge what we believe has gone on. However, I think it is wrong to formulate conspiracy theories, if, as seems to be the case, they are partly based on a radio chat show, that didn’t reveal anything underhand, and a email exchange that may have been taken “out of context” 

    I know that how the final day of the 2003 championship unfolded rankles with Celtic fans, just as the 1986 championship still does with Hearts fans, but on this occasion I do think that CQN may well have jumped the gun on this one, and blown the whole issue out of proportion. 

    If there is some truth in the Pars Chairman’s statement that one fan was unhappy with the response he got (at least he got a response – I haven’t) and has triggered this whole sequence of events by a misinterpretation of the response he got, then you have to ask how CQN managed to make the leap to a conspiracy and allegations of corruption about the 2003 Championship decider.  I think that it is now incumbent on CQN to publish the information they have and why they believe yesterday’s article was justified.

    Without CQN’s intervention, the Pars’ statement would not have been necessary.  That said, what they did publish does serve as their response to the SPFL’s statement a couple of weeks ago, i.e. they don’t feel in a position to challenge the SPFL Board because of their own previous financial predicament. You and I might not like the statement, but it is one more club that has made its position clear.   

    I don’t know the motives behind the Pars comparison of financial mismanagement, but perhaps there are still skeletons hidden in an East End Park cupboard about Masterton that they don’t want to come out, should they be challenged themselves.

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