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    Bill1903 3rd April 2019 at 06:32

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    Push or punch??

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    Well, that's the clearest view so far of the incident.

    And regardless of whether it's a push or a punch, whether Kent was provoked or not…

    TRFC is missing a hugely significant point here.

     

    After Kent's contact with Brown's face, Brown could have copied Morelos' antics by rolling along the deck holding his face – as though taken out by a sniper.

    That would have guaranteed an ever bigger melee.

    Brown got up quickly and rightly protested about this punch.

     

    If TRFC has the audacity to appeal Kent's red card, it tells any neutral everything you need to know about that club's attitude to rules and civilised, acceptable behaviour – both on and off the pitch!

    StevieBC Also Commented

    One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All
    IMO, the Ryan Kent swing was the most shocking incident on Sunday.

    Morelos got a red for a sneaky, off the ball elbow.

     

    In stark contrast, Brown had actually been holding the ball just before Kent took a swing at him.

    Nothing sneaky or accidental.  Just a clear as day, clenched fist, left hook towards Brown's face.

    Intent seemed rather blatant.

     

    In any 'normal' televised game that punch would be the most talked about action.  It's just got minimised in all the other stuff going on in the game, and after the final whistle.

     

    Ryan Kent should have the book thrown at him – as any reasonable football supporter would expect.

     

    And the other point which has been lost in the noise: Brown had the ball in his hands. 

    …so how did the ref, 2 linesmen and the 4th official ALL miss the punch at the time ?

     


    One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All
    The DR is definitely getting even worse.

    Today's efforts include 2 standouts;

    1) "Celtic skipper Scott Brown set to go under SFA microscope for Rangers celebrations"

    Good headline to pacify the bears and to deflect. 

    But an absolute nonsense, lazy, off the cuff article, which didn't even bother to include any 'unnamed source' quotes.

    It's credited to Michael Gannon, who presumably doesn't even bother to read the p!sh he is given by Traynor ?

    2) "Michael Stewart questions how Rangers can keep financing 'desperate' bid to stop Celtic."

    On the face of it, a critical piece about TRFC's finances based on truthful quotes from Stewart.  Interesting that nobody at the DR wants to put their name to it though, as it's credited to "Record Sport Online".

    But the best bit is this from the DR itself;

    "…Rangers posted losses of over £14million in November 2018 after investing heavily to bring Gerrard to the club and fund his subsequent squad rebuild…"

    Theses accounts were up to 30th June, 2018.

    Gerrard's first day as TRFC manager was 1st June, 2018.

    Materially, the £14M loss had bugger all to do with Gerrard.

    But the DR blames him anyway!

    However, the impact of Gerrard's recruitment and squad rebuilding will – absolutely – be reflected in the accounts to 30th June this year.

    Another poor / lazy effort from Traynor – to try and pin all TRFC's financial woes on Gerrard.


    One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All
    Morelos has made a public apology via Twitter to his club and fans.

    Fair enough.

     

    No mention though of the guy he assaulted in public view, and in front of countless Police officers.

     

    Sums him up I suppose…


    Recent Comments by StevieBC

    In Whose Interests
    In the interests of accuracy / pedantry…

     

    I couldn't edit my post above in time, but;

    the 'c.£37M SFA revenue in recent years', is the rounded, average annual total over the 3 years to 31/12/18.


    In Whose Interests
    I was trying to access the SFA financial accounts to do a bit of analysis.  Was too tight to pay for access online, but got some key highlighlights off Duedil.

     

    I simply couldn't find the published accounts anywhere on the SFA site for The Scottish Football Association Ltd. indecision

     

    However, the SFA does provide a very limited view on their financials in their "Annual Review" segment of their website.

    This Review is almost exclusively focused on footballing performance rather financial.

    Anyway, point is that perhaps this latest 'grassroots review' is simply a convenient time to announce some high profile cost cutting at the SFA?

     

    The SFA accounts show that total revenue is relatively flat in recent years at c.£37M, whilst making a c.[£0.5M] loss in the last financial year to 31/12/18.

     

    [Interestingly, the accounts were submitted to Companies House in June – around the time that Petrie was publicly confirmed as the new President. Lots on the SFA website about his appointment but nothing about financial loss.]

     

    In the SFA's "Annual Review" for 2018, there are a couple of graphics covering financials for the year to 31/12/18.

    For expenditure there is a % breakdown – but no actuals.

    But a large slice of the – literally – Pie Chart displayed…

    is 24% of SFA expenditure for "Staff Costs".

     

    Which equates to a ball park of c.£9M of c.£37M income being spent on salaries, pension costs, etc.

    [And of course, these staff costs wouldn't include travel costs, hotel costs, per diem, etc. for any free-loading blazers attending e.g. away fixtures around the world.]

     

    Also, the staff headcount actually INCREASED at Hampden last year – slightly – to a total of 196 people.

     

    Now, with supposedly only 32K attending Hampden for the Russia game and only 20K for the Belgium game, the SFA must be expecting historically low numbers for their next home games.

     

    They can't put all their eggs in one basket and pray that Clarke – somehow – achieves qualification via the Play Offs in March.

    They have to start cost cutting, IMO.

    In fact, they probably should have started cost cutting long before now anyway.

     

    Mibbees the SMSM could find the CEO Maxwell, an ask him;

     

    – is the SFA expected to make a bigger loss this year?

    – has the SFA taken on even more staff this year?

    – what is the SFA doing to manage overhead costs, when total income is flat or declining ?

    – could some of the 24% of expenditure on 'Staff Costs' be better used for grass roots level development?

    etc.

    [I am pretty sure there will be a few other pertinent questions to be easily gleaned from the accounts lodged at Companies House.]

     


    In Whose Interests
    A Comment lifted from a Guardian article on Scotland's demise in international football;

    "ChrisGordon

    Apparently there is a dodgy scam E Mail doing the rounds at the moment.

    It promises two free tickets for Scotland's next home game.

    Don't open it.

    It contains two free tickets for Scotland's next home game."

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    In Whose Interests
    BP your blog is spot on: I think even the most generous of the long suffering Tartan Army members would acknowledge that material change for the better is just not going to happen under the SFA.

     

    We know that whatever the SFA grass roots strategy is/was – it's not really been working for 20, 30, ? years.  We can see the evidence on our own club pitches – and subsequently in the national team.

     

    But whether it's grass roots, or club level, or national level or refereeing, or administration, or communication, leadership, or Customer Service… etc.

    …the SFA has proven beyond all reasonable doubt that as an organisation, it simply doesn't have the answers.

     

    Tinkering here and there is pointless: a totally new, professionally run and independent governing body is long overdue.  To state the bleedin' obvious.

     

    But, the clubs won't effect radical change at Hampden until they feel the financial pain, and/or the SFA is facing a financial crisis.

    Further, paltry crowds at Hampden might help…


    In Whose Interests
    JC / eJ, as our 'SFM legal eagles', with your extensive knowledge of the legal proceedings around the RFC/TRFC saga…

     

    There is, IMO, a rather explosive blog today on the JJ site.

    I don't know if this content has been discussed before, but…

     

    would either of you be able to corroborate this content – or even, what is your opinion on the content?

     

    It just doesn't read true because it is SO damming of the Scottish criminal legal system and the Police, and on multiple levels.