To Comply or not to Comply ? – The Scottish Football Monitor

To Comply or not to Comply ?

UEFA Club Licensing. – To Comply or not to Comply ?

On 16 April 2018 The UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) adjudicatory chamber took decisions in the cases of four clubs that had been referred to it by the CFCB chief investigator, concerning the non-fulfilment of the club licensing criteria defined in the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations.

Such criteria must be complied with by the clubs in order to be granted the licence required to enter the UEFA club competitions.

The cases of two clubs::

Olympique des Alpes SA (Sion Switzerland )

and

FC Irtysh  (Kazakhstan) 

are of particular interest to those following the events under which the SFA awarded a UEFA License to Rangers FC in 2011 currently under investigation by the SFA Compliance Officer because

  1. The case documentation tell us how UEFA wish national associations to apply UEFA FFP rules
  2. The cases  tell us what might have happened to Rangers  FC in 2012 had they not gone into liquidation and as a consequence avoided the same type of sanctions that UEFA applied to Sion and Irtysh.

 

FC Sion  (Olympique des Alpes SA)

Here we are told how the Swiss FL and then the UEFA CFCB acted in respect of FC Sion in 2017 where a misleading statement was made in the Sion UEFA licensing application.

Full details can be read at

http://tiny.cc/y6sxsy

 

but this is a summary.

In April 2017 the Swiss FL (SFL) granted a licence to Sion FC but indicated that a Disciplinary case was pending.

In July 2017 the CFCB, as part of their licence auditing programme,  carried out a compliance audit on 3 clubs to determine if licences had been properly awarded. Sion was one of those clubs.

The subsequent audit by Deloitte LLP discovered Sion had an overdue payable on a player, amounting to €950,000, owed to another football club (FC Sochaux ) at 31st March 2017 as a result of a transfer undertaken by Sion before 31st December 2016, although the €950,000 was paid in early June 2017.

Deloitte produced a draft report of their findings that was passed to SFL and Sion for comment on factual accuracy and comment on the findings. Sion responded quickly enabling Deloitte to present a final report to the CFCB Investigation Unit. In response to the Deloitte final report Sion stated:

“il apparaît aujourd’hui qu’il existait bel et bien un engagement impayé découlant d’une activité de transfert. Ce point est admis” translated as

“it now appears that there was indeed an outstanding commitment arising from transfer activity. This is admitted”

What emerged as the investigation proceeded was that the Swiss FL Licensing Committee, after granting the license in April and as a result of a Sochaux complaint of non-payment to FIFA, had reason to refer Sion’s application to their Disciplinary Commission in May 2017 with regard to the submission of potentially misleading information by FC Sion to the SFL on 7th April 2017 as part of its licensing documentation.

Sion had declared

“Written confirmation: no overdue payables arising from transfer activities”, signed by the Club’s president, stating that as at 31 March 2017 there were no overdue payables towards other football clubs. In particular, the Club indicated that the case between FC Sion and FC Sochaux regarding the transfer of the player Ishmael Yartey was still under dispute.

The SFL Disciplinary Commission came to the conclusion that FC Sion had no intention to mislead the SFL, but indeed submitted some incorrect licensing documentation; the SFL Disciplinary Commission further confirmed that the total amount of €950,000 had been paid by the Club to FC Sochaux on 7 June 2017. Because of the inaccurate information submitted, the SFL Disciplinary Commission decided to impose a fine of CHF 8,000 on the Club.

Whilst this satisfied the SFL Disciplinary process the CFCB deemed it not enough to justify the granting of the licence as UEFA intended their FFP rules to be applied.

Sion provided the CFCB with a number of reasons on the basis of which no sanction should be imposed. In particular, the Club admitted that there was an overdue payable as at 31 March 2017, but stated that the mistake in the document dated 7 April 2017 was the result of a misinterpretation by the club’s responsible person for dealing with the licence (the “Club’s licence manager”), who is not a lawyer. The Club affirmed that it never had the intention to conceal the information and had provisioned the amount due for payment and that, in any case, it has already been sanctioned by the SFL for providing the wrong information.

The CFCB Investigation Unit accepted that the Sion application, although inaccurate, was a one off misrepresentation and not a forgery, (as in intended to deceive ) but that nevertheless an overdue payable did exist at 31st March and a licence should not have been granted.

Based on their findings, the CFCB Chief Investigator decided to refer the case to the CFCB Adjudicatory Chamber and suggested a disciplinary measure to be imposed on FC Sion by the CFCB Adjudicatory Chamber, such measure consisting of a fine of €235,000, corresponding to the UEFA Revenues the Club gained by participating in the 2017/2018 UEFA Europa League.

The CFCB Investigatory Chamber submitted that it was  appropriate to impose a fine corresponding to all the UEFA revenues the Club gained by participating in the competition considering the fact that FC Sion should not have been admitted to the competition for failing to meet one of its admission criteria.

 

The Adjudicatory Chambers took all the circumstances (see paras 91 to 120 at http://tiny.cc/i8sxsy ) into consideration and reached the following key decisions.

  1. FC Sion failed to satisfy the requirements of Article 49(1) of the CL&FFP Regulations and it obtained the licence issued by the SFL not in accordance with the CL&FFP Regulations.
  2. FC Sion breached Articles 13(1) and 43(1)(i) of the CL&FFP Regulations. (Documents complete and correct)
  3. To exclude FC Sion from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next two (2) seasons (i.e. the 2018/19 and 2019/20).
  4. To impose a fine of two hundred and thirty five thousand Euros (€235,000) on FC Sion.
  5. FC Sion is to pay three thousand Euros (€3,000) towards the costs of these proceedings.

Comment in respect of the award of a UEFA Licence in 2011 to Rangers FC.

It is now public knowledge that an actual liability of tax due before 31stDecember 2010 towards HMRC, was admitted by Rangers FC before 31st March 2011.

This liability was described as “potential” in Rangers Interim accounts audited by Grant Thornton.

“Note 1: The exceptional item reflects a provision for a potential tax liability in relation to a Discounted Option Scheme associated with player contributions between 1999 and 2003. A provision for interest of £0.9m has also been included within the interest charge.”

The English Oxford Dictionary definition of potential is:

Having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future.

Which was not true as the liability had already been “developed” so could not be potential.

This was repeated by Chairman Alistair Johnson in his covering Interim Accounts statement

“The exceptional item reflects a provision for a potential tax liability in relation to a Discounted Option Scheme associated with player contributions between 1999 and 2003. “  where he also added

“Discussions are continuing with HMRC to establish a resolution to the assessments raised.”

This could be taken as disputing the liability but In fact the resolution to the assessments raised would have been payment of the actual liability, something that never happened.

In the Sion case it was accepted the misleading statement was a one off misrepresentation, but at the monitoring stages at June 2011 in Ranger’s case the status of the liability continued to be misrepresented and in September the continuing discussions reason was repeated, along with a claim of an instalment paid whose veracity is highly questionable.

The Swiss FL Licensing Committee did at least refer the case to their Disciplinary Committee when they realised a misleading statement might have been made. The SFA however in August 2011, when Sherriff Officers called at Ibrox for payment of the overdue tax , did no such thing and pulled up the drawbridge for six years, one that the Compliance Officer is now finally charged with lowering.

 


 

The case of FC Irtysh of Kazakhstan is set out in full at http://tiny.cc/y9sxsy  and is a bit more straightforward but is nevertheless useful to compare with events in 2011 in Scotland.

Unlike Rangers FC , FC Irtysh properly disclosed that they had an overdue payable to the Kazakhstan tax authorities at the monitoring point at 30th June 2017. This caused the CFCB Investigatory Unit to seek further information with regard to the position at 31st March

It transpired that Irtysh had declared an overdue payable at 31st March but cited their financial position (awaiting sponsor money) as a reason for non payment to the Kazakhstan FA who accepted it and granted the licence. The outstanding tax was paid in September 2107.

The outcome of the CFCB Investigation was a case put to the CFCB Adjudicatory Chamber  who agreed with the CFCB Investigation Unit that a licence should not have been granted and recommended that Irtysh be fined the equivalent of the UEFA prize money, (that had been withheld in any case whilst CFCB investigated.)

The CFCB Adjudicatory Chamber however decided that a fine was not sufficient in sporting deterrent terms and ruled that:

 

  1.  FC Irtysh failed to satisfy the requirements of Article 50bis(1) of the CL&FFP Regulations and it obtained the licence issued by the FFK not in accordance with the CL&FFP Regulations.
  2. To withhold four hundred and forty thousand Euros (€440,000) corresponding to the UEFA revenues FC Irtysh gained by participating in the 2017/2018 UEFA Europa League.
  3. To exclude FC Irtysh from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next three (3) seasons (i.e. the 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons). This sanction is deferred for a probationary period of (3) three years. This exclusion must be enforced in case the Club participates again in a UEFA club competition having not fulfilled the licence criteria required to obtain the UEFA licence in accordance with the CL&FFP Regulations.
  4. FC Irtysh is to pay three thousand Euros (€3,000) towards the costs of these proceedings. “

 

The deferral was because unlike Rangers FC,  FC Irtysh had properly disclosed to the licensor the correct & accurate financial information required, so the exclusion was deferred for a probationary period of (3) years.

 

Comment in respect of the award of a UEFA Licence in 2011 to Rangers FC.

From the foregoing it could be deduced that had Rangers FC qualified for the Champions League (or European League) and not gone bust as a result and so not entered liquidation BUT it became public knowledge by 2012 that a licence had been wrongly and possibly fraudulently granted then

  1. Rangers would have been fined the equivalent of their earnings from their participation in the UEFA competitions in 2011
  2. At least a two year ban from UEFA Competitions would have been imposed, but more likely three in view of repeated incorrect statements.
  3. The consequences of both would have been as damaging for Rangers survival as the real life consequences of losing to Malmo and Maribor in the qualifying rounds of the Champions and European Leagues.

Karma eh!

Interestingly in the UEFA COMPLIANCE AND INVESTIGATION ACTIVITY REPORT 2015 – 2017 , the CFCB investigatory chamber recommended that both the Kazakhstan FA and Swiss FA as licensors

“pay particular attention to the adequate disclosure of the outstanding amounts payable towards other football clubs, in respect of employees and towards social/tax authorities, which must be disclosed separately;

Would the same recommendation apply to the Scottish FA with regard to their performance in 2011 and will the  SFA responses thereafter to shareholders in a member club be examined for compliance with best governance practice by the SFA Compliance Officer investigating the processing of the UEFA Licence in 2011?

This would be a welcome step in fully restoring trust in the SFA.

Auldheid

Auldheid

Celtic fan from Glasgow living mostly in Spain. A contributor to several websites, discussion groups and blogs, and a member of the Resolution 12 Celtic shareholders' group. Committed to sporting integrity, good governance, and the idea that football is interdependent. We all need each other in the game.

5,470 Comments
  1. Homunculus

    Homunculus


    BARCABHOY
    JULY 16, 2018 at 20:15
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    I couldn’t agree more.

    All I was really saying was that they may not have had much in the way of options at the time. Their much publicised deal was not just economically crippling it was also terrible PR.

    King need the “win” against Ashley to keep the support onside. Hence him not mentioning the £3m and this deal presumably. It was lauded as King giving Ashley a bloody nose. Presumably the zero hours contract master just sat back and thought fine, tell them what you want, so long as they start buying the shirts, they’ll find out soon enough. 

    I think this deal shows just how bad things were / are if this is considered better.

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  2. wottpi


    BARCABHOYJULY 16, 2018 at 17:55

    There is nothing mysterious or unusual about the situation.

    In the same way a single parent out of work and desperate to feed their kids turns to loan sharks, T’Rangers (and Rangers before them)  have always needed additional funding in the attempt to be Billy Big Baws.
    SDM was desperate when he took the BoS cash and needed EBTs.
    Whyte needed the Ticketus cash
    Green needed Ashley’s input in terms of a retail deal and to give the share issue some gravitas and that deal has just spilled on to the King regime.

    The club/s from Ibrox cannot live within its means because they have, for decades, been a hot pit of financial and corporate mismanagement.

    Ashley’s current attempt to pin them to the wall is just a long line of desperate and ill chosen  moves by the men in the Blue Room.

    Simples.

    We know that a potential financial catastrophe is most likely around the corner and either they will continue to scrape through, season after season by the skin of their teeth or the can being kicked down the road will finally find a dead end. 

      

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  3. Cluster One

    Cluster One


    HOMUNCULUSJULY 16, 2018 at 21:33
    Presumably the zero hours contract master just sat back and thought fine, tell them what you want, so long as they start buying the shirts, they’ll find out soon enough. 
    ——————
    tell them what you want, so long as they start buying last season’s shirts,06
    And king did tell the ibrox fans what he wanted,and what the ibrox fan’s wanted to hear was a king victory.And they lapped it up,and were taken for the fools that they are in putting their trust in king.

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  4. jimbo

    jimbo


    Wottpi:
    “In the same way a single parent out of work and desperate to feed their kids turns to loan sharks, T’Rangers (and Rangers before them)  have always needed additional funding in the attempt to be Billy Big Baws. SDM was desperate when he took the BoS cash and needed EBTs. Whyte needed the Ticketus cash Green needed Ashley’s input in terms of a retail deal and to give the share issue some gravitas and that deal has just spilled on to the King regime.”

    That’s it in a nutshell.

    I honestly don’t understand the bears.  Why can’t they see this?  Idiot after idiot (that’s being kind) coming in to rule the roost at Ibrox.  Why can’t they see this?.

    Look at Celtic in the early 1990s.  ‘Sack the board’.  ‘Not the view’.

    Where is the Rangers’ equivalent?

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  5. bfbpuzzled


    According to the interim injunction judge if an offer by a third party cannot have the financial elements revealed to SDI then Rangers ( whoever that is) must reject that offer. So if there is a comprehensive confidentiality clause then Rangers must reject it.
    To have such an agreement with SDI would deter most if not all third parties. I can just imagine the email “Sorry mr supplier you have spent months working up your offer but I must reject it because SDI need to be to  told the material conditions in it” or I can see the invitation to tender for the contract “if you tender for this we need to tell SDI what your offer is”
    Not paying attention to details is one thing but if this slipped past unnoticed it could be seen as negligent.
    If they knew this was there then that is the stuff of a dire negotiati position 
    no need for a spoiler alert we all know how this story ends

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  6. jimbo

    jimbo


    And by the way,  bad as the Kellys & Whites regimes were at Celtic, probably no better or worse than most FCs boards at the time, they were saints compared to the Ibrox boards from DM onwards.  Especially David Murray. 

    ‘SIR’  don’t make me laugh.

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  7. Homunculus

    Homunculus


    BFBPUZZLED
    JULY 16, 2018 at 22:16
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    I think there is sometimes a perception of the infallible lawyer, where they never get anything wrong and always see through these things.

    I think its probably worth considering two things.

    1, This contract will be under English law and Ashley will have a team of experts in the field. Would Rangers have done the same. 

    2, Ticketus believed that Scots law was the same as English and that their rights to tickets they had paid for survived an insolvency event. Until the Court of Session disabused them of this notion.

    It is entirely possible that it was not just a case of Rangers being desperate, its also entirely possible that their advisers made an arris of it as well. 

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  8. John Clark


    redlichtieJuly 16, 2018 at 16:1
    ‘…John Clark – does this help? A blog by Paul McConville back in 2012 :..’
    ___________________
    That’s brilliant, redlichtie!
    Sounds like the very thing, thank you.

    I  wrote those lines earlier this evening, and for the last hour or so, I’ve been puzzling over ‘the standard security’ and its ‘transfer’ to SevcoScotland.

    The ‘instrument’ by which a standard security charge over the Auchenhowie Youth Academy etc was created on 11 January 2002.
    There was a contract between The Rangers Club plc [SDM’s RFC(IL] and the Scottish Sports Council.

    SevcoScotland bought the property in the Administration ‘fire sale’ that took place when the Administrators ‘failed’ to achieve a CVA. 

    By law ( section 880 of the Companies Act 2006) SevcoScotland was required to let Companies House know that they had acquired a property which was subject to a charge. 

    They were required to do this within 21 days, and to submit a verified copy of the ‘instrument’.

    The only ‘instrument’ was, of course, the instrument signed by SDM’s RFC(IL), ten years earlier.

    They presumably provided this along with the form (MG06S) on which they notified CH that they had acquired a property which was subject to a charge, and gave on that form the details of the charge.

    This was perfectly adequate for CH purposes. They issued a certificate to the effect that ” a charge for securing all sums due or to become due on property acquired  by SevcoScotland Ltd on 15 June 2012 in favour of the Scottish Sports Council was delivered pursuant to Section 880  of the Companies Act 2006 on 6 July 2012″

    Of course, merely providing the information that they now owned the property did not in itself imply that SevcoScotland  had had any personal responsibility under any contract signed with the Scottish Sports council, or were personally liable for £500 000  if football ceased to be played at Auchenhowie by reason of Liquidation. 

    Well, of course, SDM’s (or, OK, CW’s) ‘Rangers’  were Liquidated-in October 2012. 

    But, it appears,  the boyos in the Sports Council( or by that time, perhaps, it was Sportscotland) must have been so confident that the SFA would let SevcoScotland in as a new club and therefore that football would  still be played at Auchenhowie even though by a completely different club, they did not trouble themselves about ensuring that the new owners of Auchenhowie, the new Football club, by this time named The Rangers FC Ltd,   were made legally liable for the standard charge! 

    Not until 2015 was The Rangers Football Club LIMITED  compelled to accept the liability that The Rangers Club PLC had contracted in 2002, when they signed up to accept the ‘transferred contracts’

    The attempts to confuse people by the use of The Rangers Football Club  and Rangers FC is pathetic in its hope that nobody will really notice that as a matter of law, TRFC Ltd is NOT RFC(IL) -the original owners of Auchenhowie.

    That’s been niggling away at me.  

    And I’m glad I’ve finally got it off my chest.

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  9. torrejohnbhoy


    Morning all.
    Extract from the Herald.Sorry,I don’t subscribe so can’t post the whole article.Seems TOP have been making progress:
    Rangers chairman Dave King is to face court-ordered contempt proceedings over a failure to make a judge-ordered £11 million bid for most of the club’s shares.
    It has been confirmed that the Mr King will face a contempt of court hearing at the Court of Session on Friday having failed to comply with a court order to make an offer to Rangers shareholders in March.

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  10. bfbpuzzled


    Homunculus
    make an arris of it indeed- maybe they were bricking it to make a masonry pun.
    I have encountered lawyers who have told me that they were working on the basis that “Scottish law shall be the same as English” but not that “English law shall be the same as Scots” One of the earliest things that those studying Scots law are told is that it is not the same as English as it is derived differently.
    There was a book written about the demise of Enron called “The Smartest Guys in the Room” about the belief of those self described “masters of the universe” who believed themselves to be much more clever than anyone else. There is something of that about some lawyers.

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  11. Corrupt official

    Corrupt official


    TORREJOHNBHOYJULY 17, 2018 at 08:46
    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16357965.dave-king-will-face-court-ordered-contempt-hearing-over-11m-rangers-shares-bid-failure/
      ———————————————————————————————————
         Imagine sitting in an 8 by 4, the strains of “Zadok the Priest” wafting through the air from the east-end, while Celtic Park lighting system beams a kaleidoscope of colours onto your 12 inch window of glass-bricks…..Fearful of the morning slop-out, and the likely encounters with knuckle-draggers in fake mandarin taps…..Maybe he can fend them off with a rolled up F&PP certificate?…10
        
        

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  12. John Clark


    torrejohnbhoyJuly 17, 2018 at 08:46
    ‘…Rangers chairman Dave King is to face court-ordered contempt proceedings ..’
    _________________________
    Yes, but I don’t see any alteration in the Rolls of Court entry, so it’s only a half-hour business between lawyers and not any kind of ‘trial’ -the man will not be personally present, I shouldn’t imagine.  08But you never know.
    I won’t be at all surprised if ‘the public’ are not allowed in, though. But I shall attend.

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  13. Helpumoot


    Torrejohnbhoy, you must be mistaken. Here’s a piece from the ‘Insider’ 🤓 from April 20th stating authoritatively that King will indeed be making the offer soon, in fact he has already got the paperwork ready to be sent out. As I say, this was from three months ago.
    https://www.insider.co.uk/news/rangers-chairman-dave-king-shares-12397697
    However, I scrolled down from that jackanory and saw the piece on Dermot Desmond (and JP. McManus) going to put Barchester Healthcare up for sale for £2.5 BILLION.
    It reminded me of the Times front page when Rick Mayal died. They had some Tory twittering on about ‘The trouble with young people today is…’ etc, and beside it they placed a magnificent photograph of ‘wwRick’ in full flow in the Young Ones. (What a tribute to him, btw.)
    King picked a fight with Dermot Desmond…. and Mike Ashley. And TOP. 

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  14. easyJambo


    According to the DR this morning, King will appear in court on Friday.

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  15. Corrupt official

    Corrupt official


    EASYJAMBOJULY 17, 2018 at 10:38
    According to the DR this morning, King will appear in court on Friday.
        ——————————————————————————————————-
       Any news on whether Halloween Houston will be there with rent-a-mob?. 07

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  16. Jingso.Jimsie

    Jingso.Jimsie


    EASYJAMBO

    JULY 17, 2018 at 10:38

    According to the DR this morning, King will appear in court on Friday.
    ———————————————–

    Did you notice there are four journalists’ names against that approx. 500 word piece? 

    Fearties!

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  17. macfurgly

    macfurgly


    easyJamboJuly 17, 2018 at 10:38
    According to the DR this morning, King will appear in court on Friday.
    ————-
    …but in what form? In person, by video link, as a hologram, or a la the Cheshire Cat, appearing and disappearing at will with a huge grin?
    Be prepared J.C.

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  18. Helpumoot


    I’m sure Friday’s judge will also be aware that King has already served a 3 month (suspended) sentence for contempt of court and appears to have learned absolutely nothing from non-custodial sentences.

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  19. borderman67

    borderman67


    HELPUMOOTJULY 17, 2018 at 12:55
    LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP! To paraphrase our American cousins 02

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  20. borderman67

    borderman67


    Phils Latest 1212  https://philmacgiollabhain.ie/2018/07/17/the-anger-games/

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  21. redlichtie


    Re Phil’s latest….

    If JDS were unaware of the disclosure clause – presumably because TRFC didn’t tell them – then that might explain the apparent reticence of TRFC to exhibit all of the required information to SDI. I cannot believe that JDS would be happy to have their figures and T&Cs pored over by a direct competitor.

    I can see the court case at month end being dropped with SDI continuing as sole contractor – JDS having beat a hasty retreat and Hummel knocking (RIFC/TRFC) heads together.

    And they all lived happily ever after….until the next time, of course.

    Scottish Football needs a strong Arbroath.

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  22. Helpumoot


    …. and 55 lashes of the birch, I’ll warrant!

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  23. jimbo

    jimbo


    A bit quiet on here today.  Like SFA announcements.

    ETims got a good piece on the Compliance Officer report.

    http://etims.net/?p=13157

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  24. Cluster One

    Cluster One


    JIMBOJULY 17, 2018 at 16:03
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    A bit quiet on here today.  Like SFA announcements.
    ETims got a good piece on the Compliance Officer report.
    http://etims.net/?p=13157
    ————————————
    The juggling of the dates suggest that the CO has been advised which bits to investigate, but there has been further contact with him outlining why he shouldn’t juggle the dates.
    ———————
    Wonder who had contact?

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  25. jimbo

    jimbo


    Yes I wondered about that myself CO.  Can only imagine it would be the Res.12 guys or their lawyers.  I think Celtic FC will keep out of it until the result comes out.

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  26. StevieBC

    StevieBC


    From the BBC;

    Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson quits after country’s first World Cup
    Heimir Hallgrimsson has stepped down as head coach of Iceland after seven years with the national team.
    The 51-year-old was named assistant to Lars Lagerback in 2011 and became joint-manager in 2014, helping Iceland beat England at Euro 2016.
    He then became sole manager, leading Iceland to their first World Cup, where they went out in the group stage despite a draw with Argentina…”
    =====================

    And from Wiki;
    “McLeish was reappointed Scotland manager on 16 February 2018, on a two-year contract.”
    =====================

    You would think that McLeish wasn’t in any position to negotiate with the SFA, as he had been out of footy management for 2 years or so?

    So, you would also think that the blazers would have inserted a break clause after McLeish’s first year?

    Appointing a successful national manager – with extremely limited resources – would seem like a step in the right direction?

    A younger manager, with fresh ideas, no baggage, and who could get the fans behind him…and who has current experience of Euro’s and the WC.

    And he probably wouldn’t cost much more than McLeish either ?

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  27. John Clark


    macfurglyJuly 17, 2018 at 12:47
    ‘….but in what form?..’
    _____________
    In whatever form, macfurgly, the cloven hoof will still be seen and the smell of sulphur will offend the nostril.
    I shall sit as far away as possible, with the index finger and pinkie of my right hand  extended to ward off the evil eye and perhaps with a few cloves of garlic secreted about my person!

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  28. Corrupt official

    Corrupt official


    CLUSTER ONEJULY 17, 2018 at 18:20
    Rate This
    JIMBOJULY 17, 2018 at 16:0350 Rate ThisA bit quiet on here today.  Like SFA announcements.ETims got a good piece on the Compliance Officer report.http://etims.net/?p=13157————————————The juggling of the dates suggest that the CO has been advised which bits to investigate, but there has been further contact with him outlining why he shouldn’t juggle the dates.———————Wonder who had contact?
      =========================================================
        I think it was Auldheid who intimated that contact was made, and I assume from the Res-12 Bhoys, 
    RTC provides us with this though, making matters just a little bit more slam-dunkier. 
    https://twitter.com/rangerstaxcase/status/890478811694809088

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  29. theredpill

    theredpill


    While it’s quiet here is a quick guide as to what CO stands for,it could be Compliance Officer,Cluster One or it could be Corrupt Official or maybe Campbell Ogilvie.
    As I said its quiet I could have a job here 😄

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  30. easyJambo


    Corrupt official July 17, 2018 at 20:06
    I think it was Auldheid who intimated that contact was made, and I assume from the Res-12 Bhoys,
    ====================================
    BRTH mentioned the delivery of documents for attention of the CO in a comment on CQN on the day of the hearing.

    https://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/sfa-judicial-panel-opens-on-res-12-issue/comment-page-2/#comments

    He wasn’t in his office yesterday evening when I was over at Hampden but he has been appraised of the documents which were delivered yesterday and which have been the subject of correspondence and telephone conversations with a leading form of International Lawyers this morning.

    Part of the conversation revolved whether or not these documents were pertinent to this evening’s hearing.

    There is no doubt that they are of significant import, should be before the tribunal and may well give the current or future SFA officials some pause for thought and possibly a little work to do.

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  31. Cluster One

    Cluster One


    THEREDPILLJULY 17, 2018 at 20:27

    While it’s quiet here is a quick guide as to what CO stands for,it could be Compliance Officer,Cluster One or it could be Corrupt Official or maybe Campbell Ogilvie.As I said its quiet I could have a job here
    —————–
    CO…….Case Of Mistaken Identity’s15

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  32. jimbo

    jimbo


    The Red Pill (TRP).

    Good point.  I shall avoid using the abbreviation CO in future! 1208

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  33. Corrupt official

    Corrupt official


    EASYJAMBOJULY 17, 2018 at 20:29
    Corrupt official July 17, 2018 at 20:06I think it was Auldheid who intimated that contact was made, and I assume from the Res-12 Bhoys,====================================BRTH mentioned the delivery of documents for attention of the CO in a comment on CQN on the day of the hearing.
      —————————————–
       Cheers EJ….I knew I had read something about it. 

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  34. jimbo

    jimbo


    What’s wrong?  Fatigue?

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  35. TheLawMan2


    Quite simply the article on the dates is wrong.

    Firstly the most recent hearing was not to do with the “granting of a licence” it was to do with the monitoring period which is strictly the period AFTER the granting of the licence.

    There has been no shifting of dates.  The Compliance Officer was originally given the task of reviewing the “granting of the licence” and in doing so he concluded that Rangers had no case to answer and that the licence was granted correctly…..in his opinion.

    Whilst investigating the above, he decided to introduce the 2 new pitential charges of non compliance which related to the monitoring period and played no part in the granting of the licence.

    I can’t confirm if these 2 new charges were discovered during the initial investigation (unlikely as why would they) or once the original investigation concluded and he was left holding an opinion that there was no issue.

    People are deliberately trying to mislead others on it. 

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  36. jimbo

    jimbo


    Of course that’s a danger.  Almost like ‘moving on’.

    I think the spats with Lawman2 & Slimjim  recently burnt the blog out a bit.  Having to defend the nonsense once again.  They were polite and articulate but ultimately their stance was impossible.  All the facts and figures are out there.  Have been for ages.

    That’s the problem.  We need a victory.  The wrongdoings have been exposed since the RTC days all over social media.  For about 7 years now.  But what has been achieved so far?  The SFA are as bad as ever.  The SPFL have little appetite to sort things out, because the Clubs don’t demand it.  No hunger.

    The Media are as entrenched as they always are.  On the side of evil.

    TRFC do as Rangers do.  I care less about them, they suffer as a consequence of their own behaviour.  They are a selfish club of extraordinary proportions.  But the real problem is how they are monitored, challenged, punished (or not) by the SFA & the media & other clubs.

    It would be easy to lose heart.  But one victory could bring the house of cards down.  I’m talking of course about Res. 12. If the result of that is as it should be, then stand by!

    Dave King and his troubles at the courts are more of an embarrassment to him and his club.  If it gets him out of Scottish Football, good. 

    But really it’s all about Rangers & SFA & Media connections.  That’s where Scottish football is rotten to the core.

    Let us hope for justice.  Let ‘right’ prevail for once.

    Then we can get our mojo back.

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  37. Nick


    With Rangers having rather limped through their Europa game last night it looks like Scotland will have 4 teams still in Europe after the first qualifying round.

    I think Celtic will have enough quality to reach the group stages of the UCL again, lets hope that for once another Scottish team can support them in boosting the co-efficient by making a similar run in the secondary competition.  Having looked at the clubs Hibs, Aberdeen & Rangers could face then it’s likely for one of them to get all the way to the groups they’d need to pull off at least two decent shock results but it’s not impossible.

    I notice there is 10 million up for grabs for Europa League group qualification this year and I assume it also triggers further solidarity payments.  For the likes of Hibs who’s total turnover is around 8-9 million quid this would be a genuine game-changer, lets hope the draw is kind.

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  38. watcher


    Nick , maybe i am reading this wrong, but on the UEFA.com website it says you get 1 million euros for getting through the four qualifying rounds followed by 2-92 million euros for qualifying for the groups. you then get 570,000 euros per win and 190,000 per draw. Did you mean the winners get 10 million? Or as i say i am maybe reading it wrong. 

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  39. redlichtie


    I see that James Forrest picked up on our discussion about the revolving door for directors at RIFC/TRFC.  

    https://thecelticblog.com/2018/07/blogs/the-incredible-statistics-that-reveal-the-total-dysfunctionality-at-ibrox/

    Did anyone see it in the SMSM too?

    Scottish Football needs more than fake newsmen.

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  40. Helpumoot


    Whether it’s 1 million or 10 million there are better ways to make money in Scottish football. What you do is this: You place your men in charge of the football authorities. You buy a leg of lamb. Then you just help yourself to whatever you want, don’t pay tax or vat, screw other teams out of European money, redirect charity money to yourself, borrow huge sums then just don’t pay it back. 
    Then, just to pour vinegar on the deep wounds in Scottish football (and beyond), feign a sudden interest in fair football governance and harp on as if you are actually interested in the welfare of other Scottish teams in Europe.
    Sorry, not quite ready to move on yet.

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  41. Nick


    WATCHERJULY 18, 2018 at 09:58

    I read an interesting article a couple of months ago that broke down how any club reaching the Europa League group stages would likely earn 10 million this season up from only about 6 million a couple of years ago.  I think it was based on payouts for qualifying, pooled tv money and performance bonuses but possibly gate receipts were estimated too, I’ll try and dig out the piece.

    This story from the BBC shows that the earnings from all UEFA competition are going up dramatically this season, 40% increase on last year for the Europa League.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44378346
    Interestingly Hibs opponents in the next round only scraped into 5th place in the impoverished Greek league on the last day of the season so that looks a realistic chance to progress.  Aberdeen seem to have been thrown a bit of a rum draw but in football who knows and Rangers will either play a Moldovan team or more a likely a Croatian team who apparently have a decent record in Europe and will likely be slight favourites.

    As someone who grew up during the turgid era of the Inter-Toto Cup it’s quite exciting times.

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  42. joes11


    I find it interesting that we have posts that have moved on from discussing whether New Rangers should even be eligible to play in European competitions to discussing revenues and coefficient points that all the Scottish teams currently playing in Europe might gain (how exciting………)!!!

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  43. Corrupt official

    Corrupt official


    JIMBOJULY 18, 2018 at 09:06
    Of course that’s a danger.  Almost like ‘moving on’.
        ———————————————————————————————————
       Jimbo, this is “moving on”, but in a positive way. It’s moving forward. 
    The CO has nowhere to go, his problem being that to lump the lot on Rangers(I.L.), offers Rangers(I.L.), (or its representatives), the opportunity to drag the SFA down with them for aiding and abetting……..Rangers(I.L.) know where the boadies are buried……But so do the Res 12-ers. 04
       A combination of TOP, Uncle Mick, and a severely screwed up retail deal will soon see off the biggest blaw-hard. Now that they are hungry they need to eat themselves……Have patience dear Bhoy.
        In my opinion, the alleged fraudulent Euro application is a sine die event. The possible criminal aspect aside, in fitba’ terms is much worse than match-rigging.
       This was actually rigging a position into entire tournies to which they had no right..All to the detriment of fellow member clubs. It was signed off by SFA officers in receipt of illegal off-shore payments FROM Rangers(I.L.), to do so. 
       The lengths they are going to to desperately disguise that, is merely a dip-stick into the depth of shit they are in.

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  44. Nick


    JOES11JULY 18, 2018 at 11:02

    I think this one might be aimed at me Joe, I’d like to think we’re capable of discussing more than one topic at a time in here.

    I find the co-efficient stuff complex but interesting and clearly relevant to the future of our game, I’m sure some others are interested in it too.  That doesn’t mean we can’t talk about historic issues or governance as well.

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  45. jimbo

    jimbo


    “This was actually rigging a position into entire tournies to which they had no right..All to the detriment of fellow member clubs. It was signed off by SFA officers in receipt of illegal off-shore payments FROM Rangers(I.L.), to do so. ”
    (Corrupt Official)

    I can’t wait to see all of this exposed in an official way.  Will the full extent of it ever hit the papers?  Be spoken about in court? At Uefa?

    I sometimes wonder if it is merely revenge that I seek.  Auldheid was talking yesterday about Passion and Reason.  In a passionate way I seek revenge.  For the damage that has been done to other clubs’ finances.  For fans of clubs paying up to watch matches with a team playing who shouldn’t have been there.  Watching matches which should have had reversed results for a decade.

    I want to see all the culprits named and shamed.

    I want to see all the bloggers and bampots get their just rewards after years of hard work and persistence.

    I would like to see the faces of the media people who KNOWINGLY jumped through hoops to hide the truth and to bend the truth.  Who were cowards.

    Yes I would passionately tar and feather the lot of the crooks and parade them around Scotland for a year.  Throwing rotten eggs at them would be compulsory.

    But then there is reason.

    I would like to see it all exposed so that the SFA is discontinued.  What replaces it is for another day, but the SFA and any semblance of it must be consigned to history.

    If we get a new, proper, governing body all of the other faults will begin to disappear.

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  46. John Clark


    Nick July 18, 2018 at 12:04
    ‘…That doesn’t mean we can’t talk about historic issues or governance as well.’
    _______________________
    As long as we remember that there is nothing ‘historic’ about the foul cheating of RFC(IL), the continued ‘foul’ of TRFC Ltd being allowed by the foul cheats in the SFA to continue to falsely claim to the honours and titles of that foul RFC (IL). 

    The rottenness has not yet been dealt with in any of its aspects.

    And we have to remember that there is an insistent attempt by supporters of the cheats to get us to accept the cheating and just get on with it.

    That is never going to happen, not now or at any time in the future.

    The stains that SDM left on the character of Rangers-as-was, and that the regimes of TRFC Lt/RIFC plc have left since their births , and continue to streak across the face of Scottish Football Scottish Football ,are too ingrained as not to be easily washed out.

    The stain on Scottish Football Governance is utterly ineffaceable.

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  47. jimbo

    jimbo


    Joe/Nick/Watcher,
    The co-efficients are very important.  To a lot of Scottish clubs and the National team.  So it’s very worthy of discussion on here, in my opinion anyway.

    I think it’s ridiculous that the Scottish Champions have now to play 8 games to get into the Champions league proper.  The very least UEFA could do is drop the word Champion from the name of the tournament.

    Go back to The European Cup.

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  48. Nick


    JIMBOJULY 18, 2018 at 12:52

    I agree completely with that, the fact some of the EPL clubs & their fans don’t even appreciate the Group stages, often failing to sell out their stadiums devalues the competition.

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  49. slimjim


    NICK 13.07
    It’s not just clubs from the EPL that attract lower attendances in the group stages Nick. Barcelona & Madrid often have 20,000+ empty seats , and Juventus have recorded several gates of 20,000 or less in the not too distant past.

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  50. shug

    shug


    Fans of Scotland’s shame at it again on social media.

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  51. Bogs Dollox


    shugJuly 18, 2018 at 13:58
    Fans of Scotland’s shame at it again on social media.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Deflection is a bit of an art. If only people would just ignore them.

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  52. Higgy's Shoes


    Thought some of you, who are in the dark about why they think they are the peepil, might like to read this.

    Taken from the Kansas City Billy Boys FB Page

    I often get asked why we shout “we are the people” and what it means, so here is the answer for those that don’t know.

    We are the people that are indigenous to the UK, we belong here.

    We are the people that accept you to become one of us, but don’t try to change us..we are proud of our history and culture.

    We are the people that will never accept the break up of lands or except the hand over our lands to foreign governments.

    We are the people that respect and admire our royal heritage and wish to maintain it.

    We are the people that appreciate and are grateful to our armed forces for their service to our nation.

    We are the people that will never forget our fallen and will honour them whenever we can.

    We are the people that respect traditional valuesWe are the people that remain dignified both in victory and defeat.

    We are the people that remain faithful to our ideology no matter how unpopular it makes us.

    We are the people of the Rangers family, for most this was never a choice, its genetic..but for those that chose to be part of our family..you are a member of the most loyal family on the planet.

    We are the people that fly the colours of the union flag, sing songs of the union and celebrate and defend the integrity of the flag whenever challenged.

    So now you know why, WE ARE THE PEOPLE ❤⚪💙

    Pathetic

    Although No 8 is hilarious – “We are the people that remain dignified both in victory and defeat”

    HS

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  53. dom16

    dom16


    It’s statement time and it’s a beaut
    AS in previous years I take the opportunity at the commencement of a new season to provide our supporters with an update on where the Club stands against our stated objectives.
    Three years ago, the Board committed to a programme of significantly increased investment in all areas to ensure that we get our team and facilities to the standard that we all expect and demand. We have had to invest more than we committed to for two main reasons.
    First, the facilities at Ibrox and the Hummel Training Centre were much more dilapidated than we had initially anticipated. We have now significantly refurbished and improved Ibrox and our training facilities, including the installation of a new state of the art pitch during the close season, to ensure that our players can now train on the best surface available.
    Secondly, the need to replace managers has been costly in terms of severance packages and the cost of bringing in new players to support each new manager. The replacement of the football management team is a difficult time for everyone at the Club. There is not only the financial impact but the need to deal fairly with people who worked extremely hard and gave their all – even though that turned out not to be enough. I am grateful for the opportunity to have met and worked with Pedro (Caixinha) and Graeme (Murty) and I am truly delighted that Graeme chose to stay and will continue to play such an important role in the development of our youth. I am also grateful to all the outgoing players for the efforts they made during their time at the Club and wish them well for their future careers in football.
    I made it clear in prior statements that your Board will always act in the long-term interests of the Club and not be influenced by a minority of vociferous supporters, or members of the media who continuously attack our Club. This was never more evident than in the appointment of our new manager – Steven Gerrard. We were constantly put under pressure to make an appointment even though we did not consider the available candidates to be suitable to take the Club forward. We had many candidates with managerial experience, but the experience was not necessarily successful or of the standard that we felt we needed – particularly given our desire for stability after our recent experience of manager changes. We resisted the pressure and made an appointment only when we felt that we had an outstanding candidate that we could support. We ultimately appointed a man whose football pedigree, knowledge, character and winning mentality is unquestioned and we will back him while he gains management experience. A winner is a winner.
    In that regard, it was pleasing to see the new squad settling down with the successful navigation last night (especially after last year) of a potentially tricky Europa League fixture with two clean sheets to the players’ credit. On this point, I am conscious that we were top scorers in the SPFL last season but conceded far too many goals to be able to finish higher than third. This leakage will be much reduced in the coming season thanks to the efforts of Mark (Allen) and Steven in the transfer market. This team will continue to improve which makes me more relaxed for this coming season than I have been for any since regime change.
    Unfortunately, we are still dogged by some of the off-field activities that we inherited from the previous board. We still hear and receive complaints about Sports Direct’s performance as our retail partner despite the overall settlement agreement that we reached last year. Communication with them remains difficult and, having initially indicated their desire to deal amicably with the transition and handover, we are now back in court with the uncertainties that entails. The Board will continue to do what is best for our Club and supporters and seek to minimise any disruption.
    I am also still dealing with the Takeover Panel (“TP”) following complaints by the old board and supporters of other clubs to hold me personally liable to make an offer for all the non-consortium shares of RIFC. This follows similar efforts to deny me fit and proper status with the SFA. Certain individuals believe that if they can disrupt the current boardthe recovery in Rangers fortunes over the last three years might be reversed. It is noteworthy that the SFA have still not approved Alastair Johnston’s fit and proper status despite his impeccable record as a businessman and as a protector of our Club during its darkest moments.
    The initial TP ruling was strange in targeting me personally when I have never held any shares in my personal capacity. However, eventually the TP agreed that it would be practical if one of my trust companies in South Africa (“SA”) made the offer on my behalf. At the TP’s request cash of approximately GBP 11m was ring-fenced in a lawyer’s trust account to fund the offer. After agreeing to the public announcement of the offer by the SA company the TP changed its mind and asked that the funds be placed in an account in the UK. I agreed to this but explained to the TP that I have no account in the UK and would need time to open one and to get exchange control approval to transfer funds out of SA. The TP refused the necessary extension of time and instituted contempt of court proceedings against me for not complying with the original ruling to make a personal offer. That strange decision has now caused further unnecessary delay, with no end in sight. Fortunately, it does not affect the operations of the football club.
    Litigation with the TP is another unwanted personal and financial cost to me of my initial decision to get involved with the Club again to assist in rescuing it from certain demise under the previous board. Since then, I have devoted far more time to Rangers than to my other business interests. This was necessary because those who benefited from the previous regime adopted every legal strategy to avoid losing the vice like grip they had on our Club. Supporters will remember that I faced another contempt of court application when Mike Ashley tried to put me in jail for standing up to Sports Direct. That is what we are up against.
    My fellow directors and I have all had to endure personal attacks and we all spend far more time dealing with Rangers interests than any of us truly expected. But we did it willingly and continue to do so for no financial gain. Those that wished our Club to fail have failed themselves and we will continue to progress despite inevitable set-backs that will come our way from time to time.
    I wish you all an enjoyable and successful season in following Rangers.
    Dave KingChairman
     

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  54. redlichtie


    Dom 16====

    “Litigation with the TP is another unwanted personal and financial cost to me of my initial decision to get involved with the Club again to assist in rescuing it from certain demise under the previous board. Since then, I have devoted far more time to Rangers than to my other business interests. This was necessary because those who benefited from the previous regime adopted every legal strategy to avoid losing the vice like grip they had on our Club. Supporters will remember that I faced another contempt of court application when Mike Ashley tried to put me in jail for standing up to Sports Direct. That is what we are up against.My fellow directors and I have all had to endure personal attacks and we all spend far more time dealing with Rangers interests than any of us truly expected. But we did it willingly and continue to do so for no financial gain.”

    Do I detect a path being prepared so that DCK (and others?) can head off to look after his/their other business interests?

    I’m sure that the contempt hearing on Friday will be delighted at the attitude shown by DCK to the issue at hand.

    Scottish Football needs a strong Arbroath.

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  55. StevieBC

    StevieBC


    From the Evening Shark Jump;

    “2 hrs ago
    Remember when Kenny Dalglish held a press conference in Bairds Bar?
    Stacey Mullen
    Reporter

    Remember when Kenny Dalglish held a Celtic press conference in a Glasgow boozer?

    It was 2000 when the then interim Hoop booze [sic!] took the unusual step of involving the fans in a press conference by talking to journalists in Bairds Bar in the Gallowgate…”
    ======================

    18 years on…why?

    222222

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  56. Allyjambo

    Allyjambo


    DOM16JULY 18, 2018 at 16:04

    What a load of bilge, but I do notice that, after his lengthy blaming of the TOP for his own non-compliance with regulations he is legally bound to comply with, he makes no mention of his intention to comply.

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  57. Highlander

    Highlander


    If the world’s most gullible supporters swallow that steaming pile of horse manure, they really deserve all that’s coming to them. At first I thought the fact-free official club statement had Traynor’s hoof prints all over it, until I realised precisely where it came from. 

    https://fairytalez.com/author/folklore-and-legends-scotland/

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  58. easyJambo


    dom16 July 18, 2018 at 16:04
    ——————————-
    It seems that everybody is a enemy of “the people”, or is it just an enemy of Dave?

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  59. Allyjambo

    Allyjambo


    STEVIEBCJULY 18, 2018 at 16:51

    Because a long time has passed since anyone expected them (the SMSM) to bother themselves about actual news. I’m certain, also, that it’s no coincidence that this piece of ‘Celtic news’ is published on a day Dave King issues his latest diatribe against all that he wishes his target audience to blame for his own shortcomings and failures.

    Let’s face it, and it pleases me not to have to say this of a rival, but on a day they don’t want/dare to publish good news about Celtic, they don’t have a choice other than to delve deeply into the past to find something that doesn’t highlight their superiority over their new rivals (as well as over the rest of us11).

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  60. John Clark


    Dear God!
    I think that man seriously suffers from mental health problems bordering on dissociative identity disorder coupled with persecution mania.

    I would suggest that his fellow board members seek advice from a psychiatrist-for their own sake, at least!

    How can they work on any kind of rational basis with that guy in charge?

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  61. Auldheid


    Stevie BC
    Deflector sheilds set  to max Captain.😊
    TRFC statement sounds like a death rattle and my bet is DKs departure will be put  down to the TOP rather than why Comp Off prepared to drop end of March 2011 proceedings from JPDT scrutiny.
    Better DK gets hung for a lamb than a sheep.
    “Containment” is paramount to enable a version of Rangers to continue in our game, but confession would cleans souls.

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  62. Auldheid


    John Clark

    I blame Regan, Petrie etc. They allowed DK a role in Scottish football based on  fear.
    They have a lot to answer for, particularly a charge of lacking moral courage.

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  63. Cluster One

    Cluster One


    DOM16JULY 18, 2018 at 16:04
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    It’s statement time and it’s a beaut
    —————–
    It is a wonder Dave king never blamed the hot weather on something.his finger of blame pointed at everyone and anything, i half expected the heatwave to get the blame for something.
    Blame…the facilities.
    Blame…the ex managers and the costly severance packages. 
    Blame…vociferous supporters,
    Blame…members of the media who continuously attack our Club.
    Blame…the available candidates  suitable to take the Club forward.the standard that we felt we needed.
    Blame….the defence who conceded far too many goals to be able to finish higher than third.
    Blame….the off-field activities that we inherited from the previous board.
    Blame… Sports Direct’s performance as our retail partner.
     Blame…The law that we are now back in court with the uncertainties that entails. 
    Blame…complaints by the old board and supporters of other clubs.
    Blame…efforts to deny me fit and proper status with the SFA.
    Blame…Certain individuals believe that if they can disrupt the current board.
    Blame the SFA who have still not approved Alastair Johnston’s fit and proper status.
    Blame…The initial TP ruling was strange in targeting me personally.
    Blame…the TP who changed its mind and asked that the funds be placed in an account in the UK.
    Blame… my banking facilities as I have no account in the UK and would need time to open one and to get exchange control approval to transfer funds out of SA.
    Blame…The TP who refused the necessary extension of time and instituted contempt of court proceedings against me.
    Blame…That strange decision has now caused further unnecessary delay, with no end in sight.
    Blame…Litigation with the TP is another unwanted personal and financial cost to me.
    Blame…the certain demise under the previous board.
    Blame…the previous regime adopted every legal strategy to avoid losing the vice like grip they had on our Club.
    Blame…the contempt of court application when Mike Ashley tried to put me in jail.
    Blame…Sports Direct. As That is what we are up against.
    Blame…personal attacks.fellow directors and I have all had to endure. 
    Blame..the time dealing with Rangers interests than any of us truly expected.
    Blame…Those that wished our Club to fail.
    Blame…the inevitable set-backs that will come our way from time to time.

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  64. Cluster One

    Cluster One


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    STEVIEBCJULY 18, 2018 at 16:51
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    “2 hrs agoRemember when Kenny Dalglish held a press conference in Bairds Bar?Stacey MullenReporter
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    ALLYJAMBOJULY 18, 2018 at 17:19
    I’m certain, also, that it’s no coincidence that this piece of ‘Celtic news’ is published on a day Dave King issues his latest diatribe against all that he wishes his target audience to blame for his own shortcomings and failures.
    —————-Two can play that game.
    from this day in history july 18,2012.
    15 in a row is what hoops should be chasing if EBT and TAX CASES go against rangers.
    ———
    They did

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  65. Cluster One

    Cluster One


    HIGGY’S SHOESJULY 18, 2018 at 15:51

    Thought some of you, who are in the dark about why they think they are the peepil, might like to read this.
    Taken from the Kansas City Billy Boys FB Page
    —————
    It may just be the Kansas City Billy Boys, who are in the dark 

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  66. Smugas


    Amongst the obvious bilge one has to ask if a club can survive liquidation what the hell was the old regime doing that was going to lead to its demise?  Apart from trading profitably obviously….

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  67. John Clark


    AuldheidJuly 18, 2018 at 17:57
    ‘…..They have a lot to answer for, particularly a charge of lacking moral courage.’
    ________________
    And that’s bad enough, of course, Auldheid.

    But I suspect that they also haven’t the mental capacity to look for a good QC who will find chapter and verse in the law to support the view that the 5-Way Agreement is legally mince because it was made by officers of the SFA acting ultra vires ,having gone far beyond the powers delegated to them by the SFA as a body.

    I think the Agreement could be repudiated, and the gagging clause shown to be invalid and able to be ripped up because it purports to bind people to agreeing to a de facto Lie and forbids them to talk about it.

    I’m pretty sure any of Her Majesty’s Counsel learned in the law  could argue such a case very successfully indeed.

    I think there are many troubled minds on the 6th Floor, wondering how to undo the damage that has been done by those who allegedly suborned Scottish Football by accommodating both the cheating of SDM, and the creation and propagation of the Big Lie.

    Quite separately from that matter, but equally worrying for those on the 6th Floor,is the fact that if, or perhaps when, Celtic shareholders get round to reporting a potential crime of fraud, the  COPFS will not find it too difficult to decide that there are ample grounds for prosecution.

    The 6th Floor might find it very difficult to find that even a skilled criminal QC would find it a challenging task to keep people out of jail in the event of such prosecution!

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  68. Timtim


    Dave King seems to have an answer and a scapegoat for every issue , the only missing issue was any mention of the share issue (6m + 8m in loans) that would commence immediately (April) and be completed by June.
    The club* are dependent on King for funding ,the accounts were only signed off on his guarantees, a man who claims poverty and has trouble navigating currency control regulations to get money into the UK 
    The f+p dig at the SFA on behalf of AJ appears to be setting the narrative for his possible departure.
    Back to that share issue, not one journalist or indeed the fans themselves have asked “what’s happening”

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  69. Cluster One

    Cluster One


    I have no account in the UK
    ———
    Barcabhoy@Barcabhoy12hThe Takeover Panel informed King on the 11th April 2018 , that he would be allowed no extensions to make the Offer He was informed he had to show cash in the UK ring fenced for the offer . He replied saying he would instruct Investec there and then and it would take 6 weeks
    —————–
    I take it he still can’t get that bank account in the UK

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  70. redlichtie


    Reading DCK’s laundry list of folks not exactly falling over themselves to salute his “WATP” crowd I began wondering if any of them ever stop to think for a moment as to why that might be?

    It can’t be envy – not of a fairly new club, failing financially and stumbling from crisis to crisis, all largely self-inflicted. 

    Scottish Football needs a strong Arbroath.

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