SFA accuse Channel 4 News correspondent of “lying” while protecting president Ogilvie

When you have a potential loss to the tax payer of £75m, allegations of tax irregularities, political interference, alleged sporting malfeasance and stand of the brink of the largest corporate failure in Scottish history (discounting the bailed-out RBS) the profile of the story rises above the blogs and regular Scottish media.

Alex Thomson, chief correspondent for Channel 4 News, a man who reports from war zones, interviews prime ministers and presidents, decided to look into how the SFA were handling the current crisis in Scottish football.  Yesterday he blogged on the subject, raising many of the questions we have asked in recent months.

On Twitter this morning he reported his experience in trying to get some sense out of the SFA, this is what he said:

“SFA say President Campbell Ogilvie is ‘distancing himself from the current Rangers investigation’ but did not explain how.

“Campbell Ogilvie ‘did not know’ about EBT contract when he was Rangers FC secretary?

“When we asked why not – that was his job – SFA said they didn’t know.

“SFA say their President and fmr Ranger secretary Campbell Ogilvie will not be interviewed by c4news about what he knew…

“SFA say their President Campbell Ogilvie ‘has no plans to stand aside from his job pending current Rangers probes…

“Interesting SFA have just accused me of ‘lying’, ‘pig-headedness’ and then put the phone down mid-conversation….

“all because I put their own statement back to them that Campbell Ogilvie denied knowing about EBTs at Rangers…

“And suggested there might be a perceived conflict of interest in his current position until the investigations are complete”

Three weeks ago we suggested that Ogilvie’s position as SFA president was untenable, saying “The association cannot have a president embroiled in a tax evasion scam which, even before a verdict has been decided, has already caused untold harm to his former club and the reputation Scottish football.”

The SFA  have been able to dismiss pleas for sporting integrity and ethical standards from the blogsphere while the mainstream media have either chased the hapless fall-guy, Craig Whyte, or refused to take the Improper Registration of Rangers players seriously.

SFA chief executive, Stewart Regan, was flushed out his slumber by Mr Thomson’s comments this morning, Tweeting to the reporter, “Please could you confirm who you have spoken to. thank you.”

Stewart, if you really need to ask that question, you’re in more trouble than I thought. There are several thousand CQN’ers who could help answer that one.

Campbell Ogilvie and the SFA cannot hide from the facts of this crisis.  He is president of the SFA and both he and the association must acknowledge there is work to do.  We can only hope Uefa finally decide to take a look.




947 thoughts on "SFA accuse Channel 4 News correspondent of “lying” while protecting president Ogilvie"

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  • ASonOfDan

    Awe_Naw_

    Why is this Alex Thomson character dragging the name of Celtic through the mud in his blog as if we had something to do with the duplicity between rangers and the SFA.

    Sick of this ‘Old Firm’ p1sh!

  • Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo

    shimmies33

    they lying of course.

    They are all in in together Murray, Ticketus & Whyte & SIr David & Dave King and Sir Minty Moonbeams

    It is just appropriate at this time to make it look as if Craig Whyte has been sidelined.

    It has to be asked though why D&P seem to have been very well schooled in the David Murray misinformation technique

    He has never went away.

    HAil Hail

  • enmac, a bampot stands shoulder to shoulder with Neil Lennon

    how long before duffield smith gets a go at the spotlight ?

  • Lennon n Mc….Mjallby

    Well done Alex Thomson and channel 4,the light is beginning to be shone where it should be.

    Bring on UEFA next.

  • Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon

    Not used to difficult questions from journalists, are they?

    And once again the Scottish media is shown up. Because these are the very basic questions they should have been asking a long time ago.

  • obonfanti1888

    sure enough, more to come from Thomson

    alex thomson ‏ @alextomo Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    BLOG TWO – Crime? And Punishment? Non-Rangers Scottish fans have their say – all new leads welcome people!!

    Non-Rangers fans eh? Perhaps he’s taking note of the anti-Old Firm stance of our support as seen in the comments to blog one?

  • Serenity

    Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on 13 March, 2012 at 13:26 said:

    Sorry, I’ll run it by you next time  :)

    Hail, Hail

  • Kojo

    Sir Paul

    Nicely, Nicely, Mon Vieux..

    Keep oan Truckin’..

    Ah like the fact that a Steller Reporter,like Mr.Thompson, is taking
    an interest .

    Kojo
    Still Laughin’

  • BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

    philvisreturns on 13 March, 2012 at 13:39 said:

    “Interesting SFA have just accused me of ‘lying’, ‘pig-headedness’ and then put the phone down mid-conversation….

    Scotland, the home of professionalism. (thumbsup)
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~

    Poor lad obviously doesn’t yet know how things work up here-I seem to remember a suggestion that a simolar comment was made to Stewart Regan.

    In Regan’s case,I genuinely think he will have his sights set on clearing out the sables,then clearing out his desk.

    There’s a book in this!

    In Thomson’s case,he sees an opportunity to enhance his professional reputation,which means setting right a wrong in the face of Establishment opposition.

    That’s what a REAL journalist does,Jabba,Leckie et al…..

  • RogueLeader

    Paul67 – as you know I travel down South regularly. The Scottish game is ridiculed down there. “Mickey Mouse League”. I am starting to have some sympathy for that view. The SFA’s behaviour is incredible for a professional governing body but also predictable and sadly this is not even an isolated incident.

    The SFA and SPL are still behind the curve here and when this fully breaks the likes of Regan and Doncaster will look complicit solely due to their ineptitude as nobody could believe anyone so poor could have attained such a position.

    They love a bit of Jock bashing down south, there is plenty of that to be had in this story. An utter shambles.

  • BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

    SPOT THE TYPO!

  • Vmhan Supporting Lenny!

    PHILVIS
    The Blue Knights were they naw a German air squadron?
    So they’re the BLUE NAZIS!
    V

  • obonfanti1888

    http://blogs.channel4.com/alex-thomsons-view/rangers-punished-guilty-fans/884

    pretty unequivocal, Rangers must be punished he says.

    he does quote fans of the gang of 10 and their unrelenting use of the hated Old Firm tag is annoying; did he not ask any Celtic fans their opinions?

  • Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo

    Serenity on 13 March, 2012 at 13:44 said:

    about time too ;-)

    Hail Hail

  • bamboo

    Regan and Doncaster need to get strong and do the right thing ,otherwise they are going be tainted forever by this corruption.
    They are at the crossroads and if they take part in a cover-up they will be finished and their reputations destroyed.

  • garcia lorca

    St Martin de Porres:
    You are correct re D+P. Those guys have found themselves in a” nightmare” albeit a nice little earner. They want it done and then exit quickly.

  • No to NewCo is Malone19

    Paul67

    It’s now looking more like the SFA could have been complicit rather than just turning a blind eye to the shenanigans of Rangers over the years.

    If UEFA do investigate are we going to be the likely ones who suffer through European bans and if so is there any recourse through the courts to regain lost revenues?

    Part of me would welcome it as it would once and for all show up the level of bias, bordering on corruption in our game.

  • Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo

    Asonofdan

    He is English …. Far more important that he gets the news to a wider audience .. one that pays their taxes .. than you being upset at Old Firm semantics

    Hail Hail

  • philvisreturns

    Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon – Are you suggesting famous Airdrie fan Jim Traynor is an incompetent, morbidly rotund clown of a man?

    Or that Catholic schools bashing St Mirren fan Bill Leckie is a few lambegs short of an Orange Walk?

    Or that the producers of “The Lord Of The Rings” could have saved a fortune in expensive CGI effects by casting Chick Young as Gollum? (thumbsup)

  • Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire

    Paul,
    to be fair you’ve been asking relative questions for years, no months

  • sixtaeseven: No NewCo in SPL and it’s Non-Negotiable!

    As far as I can make out from UEFA website:
    Campbell Ogilvie is a member of UEFA’s “National Team Competitions Committee”.
    Stewart “Twitter” Regan is a member of UEFA’s “Marketing Advisory Committee”.

    Hunsure what to think about that …

  • voguepunter

    And the hits ,just keep on coming.
    Aye I started a sentence with ‘and’,big deal

  • BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

    AWE NAW 1340

    Bkue Oyster Bar….

    I’m still not convinced that rumour about Sally was true,though I was staying in Prestwick at the time,and it was a pretty hot topic in the local pubs.

  • PaulMcStaysShorts

    Thanks Auldheid – me now comprende!

  • ASonOfDan

    Rangers have launched a ‘Rangers Fans Fighting Fund’ to raise money towards the club’s running costs.

    Manager Ally McCoist and his predecessor Walter Smith were joined by former defender Sandy Jardine in endorsing the move to urge supporters to make donations to help the club during administration.

    Smith, Jardine, supporters liaison manager Jim Hannah and Rangers Supporters Assembly president Andy Kerr will control the bank account and pass on donations to administrators Duff and Phelps as and when the money is required.

    RangersMedia announced they have donated a whopping £1872.00

    How many hours of Duff&Phelps does that pay?

    EVERY SINGLE FAN of a club who has entered administration tell you to donate NOTHING whilst there is an administrator as is it is just p1ssing money away. You keep your money for when they come out of administration, so the club has funds to help it recover.

    Stupid huns…

  • RogueLeader

    Malone19 – Celtic, as the most aggrieved party in your scenario, would unlikely to be punished further by UEFA I think. I can’t see them banning all Scottish clubs over a scandal that involved only 1.

  • The big guy at the back….of Neil Lennon

    Bhoys,

    Under 19s 5-0 up at half time against Motherwell and Motherwell can’t even get a hold of the ball to create a single chance. Bet365 currently going 2/5 Celtic U19s to score next goal – fill yer boots!

    TBGATB

  • Larsson4me

    Hampden – urgent phone call for Mr Regan
    http://i.imgur.com/EZMwy.jpg

  • philvisreturns

    Vmhan – Maybe they meant to call themselves after their favourite premium white wine, Blue Nun. (thumbsup)

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS – Poor lad obviously doesn’t yet know how things work up here

    It’s quite telling, is it not?

    You might expect someone to call you a liar and put the phone down on you if you phoned up the local chip shop and casually insulted people of Italian descent.

    You don’t expect it from the country’s Football Association – a national institution, after all – when being asked some simple questions by a journalist.

    The SFA doesn’t “do” professionalism or integrity. (thumbsup)

  • goldstar10

    ‘Rangers Fans Fighting Fund’?

    Are they going back to Manchester?

  • dirtymac \o/

    ASonOfDan on 13 March, 2012 at 13:51 said:
    Rangers have launched a ‘Rangers Fans Fighting Fund’ to raise money towards the club’s running costs.

    Manager Ally McCoist and his predecessor Walter Smith were joined by former defender Sandy Jardine in endorsing the move to urge supporters to make donations to help the club during administration.

    Smith, Jardine, supporters liaison manager Jim Hannah and Rangers Supporters Assembly president Andy Kerr will control the bank account and pass on donations to administrators Duff and Phelps as and when the money is required.

    RangersMedia announced they have donated a whopping £1872.00

    How many hours of Duff&Phelps does that pay?

    EVERY SINGLE FAN of a club who has entered administration tell you to donate NOTHING whilst there is an administrator as is it is just p1ssing money away. You keep your money for when they come out of administration, so the club has funds to help it recover.

    Stupid huns…
    +++++

    Assuming they’ve been prompted to do so, there’s only one real explanation for asking for money (to be passed on) during the administration process:
    They are still racking up massive losses.

    3 hours, btw.

  • No to NewCo is Malone19

    RogueLeader

    I know but if the scandal emerges as I think it could (if we ever get a proper investigation) it may show the SFA playing a lead or at least supporting role as villain in the whole shambles.

    They must have known about Rangers for years if not decades and chose not to do a thing. They chose not to do a thing about their racist hatred and bile either. If UEFA rule that they as the national organisation are at fault then there might be punishments dished out to the nation.

  • BontyBhoy

    Auldheid

    Interesting that you use the expression ‘the right thing’. I’ve begun to wonder when ‘Rangers’ (in inverted comma’s because I don’t know who or what they are now) will just do the decent thing. Did Juve not ultimately take their medicine with a degree of dignity? That is, they fessed up and I’m pretty sure proactively accepted relegation and penalties. It was the right thing to do and it allowed everyone to move on, to a degree at least.
    Rangers are at that point, and tactically I think it would allow them draw a line under previous regimes, possibly shift attitudes and win some friends back – rightly or wrongly.
    It is extremely undignified to hear people talking about ‘deals’ being done to reduce the burden, in a hope that this might save them. At this stage it seems strange that one of the dignified denizens on the south side hasn’t done the decent thing and owned up, said how sorry they are, and acknowledged that to win back the trust of the league, the members and the supporters they will accede to all demands and expectations. Such an approach might well begin to soften attitudes, even amongst Celtic fans and crucially our board.
    Perhaps the failure to apologise and seek forgiveness reflects the attitude so many revile, perhaps it reflects the arrogance and stupidity so blatantly displayed and perhaps it’s because there is no leader.
    Whatever, someone needs to say sorry at some stage. Even if it hurts to apologise to Celtic fans, we are due, and so is everyone who has an interest or investment in Scottish football.

  • BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

    ROGUE LEADER 1346
    Living in London in the early 90s when Sky really hit the football scene,I took a bunch of English mates to the boozah to watch the first Celtic-Rangers game to be shown live on their channel in a pub.

    They were astonished at the refereeing display,but I pointed out that with the increasing scrutiny of the cameras,this would stop.

    I still canny believe how naive that comment was.

    Criminal charges is the only thing that will stop this,and I live in hope.

  • ASonOfDan

    Awe_Naw_

    A wider audience indeed, an audience upon reading his piece would assume that Celtic are part of a cabal also consisting of rangers and the SFA and we have stitched up Scottish Football for years.

    Not really the case, considering what we have had to endure in recent years from the SFA.

  • Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire

    bamboo,
    both regan and doncaster can now only be considered complicit in this whole affair, both have attempted to cover up and put obsticles in the way of proper investigation.

  • falkirkbhoy

    Just finished watching star wars – return of the Jedi

    The Death star (ibrox) blows up, the rebels have won! Cuts to all the cities of the galaxy (aberdeen, edinburgh, glasgow, dundee, falkirk, Kilwinning?) all celebrating, fireworks etc. cuts back to the rebels who have since been joined by Anakin, obi wan kenobi and yoda, also known as Jock Stein, Tommy Burns and Wee jinky!

    May the force be with you all

  • BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

    VOGUEPUNTER 1351

    You might be safe,HT might not have one of those free periods that only pupils got when I were a lad.

    Personally,I would suggest starting that post with a few….. and let him argue the semantics of it!

  • Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo

    ASonOfDan

    agreed entirely but he is asking questions and seeking answers.

    ONce he gets them then we can educate him on the Old Firm stuff

    Hail Hail

  • garcia lorca

    I live in Central London. There is a huge awareness of the issues emerging out of the RFC ( IA ) case amongst friends and colleagues. Last night’s London Evening Standard carried the pension pot story complete with photo of Whyte.
    On the other hand Scottish football does not register although people are aware that Celtic have improved.
    The most difficult part of my explanation of events is the compliant media bit. It sounds like Watergate and then some. Why would they be so timid etc. ? It takes time but these people are generally aware of the misdeeds at HBOS so they listen. They understand corporate hubris so linking the Sir Fred story to Sir DM story makes sense.
    Today’s development of an honest journalist shining a torch is a hugely welcome event.
    Looking forward to my trip to Glasgow at the weekend. Interesting that we will probably win the treble if we can win 3 games all at Hampden.

  • Celtic Mac

    Paul67 et al

    Both Regan and Doncaster are new enough in their positions. They are not responsible for the past, but they are responsible for dealing with the consequences of the past. As for Campbell O’Gilvie (it is an interesting name) well the SFA cannot say they were not warned, not least on here. The obvious decision is for the President of the SFA to resign, volontarily, but SFA rules state that the President can only resign if he is insane. And yet, he would be insane to carry on.

  • Agent Craig “Green and” Whyte!!

    As manager of Everton walter myth was involved in 143 games, his win % was 29% or 41 games.
    The Scottish msm tell us hes a legend.
    Brown envelopes and Everton fans say different.
    Bring the myth down.

  • St Martin’s Bhoy

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 13 March, 2012 at 14:00 said:

    re being naive. I thought when Regan was appointed that there may be hope for Scottish Football. Hope for clarity, leadership and transparency. Seems I was being naive in the extreme.

  • Kojo

    My dear,dear,dear,friend..Obonfanti @ 13.47

    Thanks a Heap, Pal.

    Nice of ye tae post that Link.. tae Mr.Thompson’s Blog.

    Noo, Ah am Fully Appraised o’ whit is goin’ oan in Wonderland.

    Mr. Thompson,is a Premier Figure.. a Well Respected Media Pundit.

    We Kin use awe awe the Help we kin Get..

    Fur..

    That his bin oor Problem,in the Past..

    Celtic, In their noble quest..in Rootin’ oot the Forces o’ Evil.. Hiv received Nae Help ,whatsoevah, coming frum a Premier Media Figure.

    Noo, that Mr. Thompon, has a Score tae Settle.. Still Bristlin’, frum being Called a “Liar”…

    Things should Noo start tae Heat Up.

    Nice Chatting,pal.

    Kojo
    yer pal…who likes ye already/

    And..

    Still . Laughin’

  • Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon

    philvisreturns @ 13:48,

    Yes, yes and hell yes. Thumbs up!

  • voguepunter

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 13 March, 2012 at 14:04

    He could argue all he liked ,but like my own teachers at school..
    ………I’m still not listening .
    THICKOSOFTHEWORLDUNITE,C.S.C

  • Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo

    canamalar

    we need to box a bit clever rather than stick to our easily offended stereotype. That´s why it was created

    Doncaster will say their is an official investigation.

    Regan will say as they are the body that any appeal will go to that his organisation cannot comment on it.

    Nothing will change unto the SPL returns its findings and the FTT

    That is why we should IMHO be questioning him openly on the sectarian singing charge levelled at them after Kilmarnock and why the SPL done tehir job with regards Dunfermline debt but the why have the SFA not done theirs with regards Dundee Utd.

    HAil Hail

  • Big Joe

    imaginger on 13 March, 2012 at 13:10 said:
    Big Joe

    I am on Quevega and Hurricane Fly……not long odds, but i think they are very hard to oppose!

    WITS suggested “The Package ” in the 3rd race and he tend to be right!!

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    dannysbeard on 13 March, 2012 at 13:10 said:
    Big Joe 1302

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  • Folly Folly

    Paul

    I take it Alex ‘Tomo’ Thomson isn’t in the lodge?

    Wouldn’t surprsie me if he was Catholic educated, too.

    Or maybe he just fancied a spot of shooting fish in a barrell …

    Whatever: I just can’t get enough.

    FF

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