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As a consequence of items relating to lies told by former referee Dougie McDonald’s no longer being found by searches through Google’s UK portal, while reaming available on the US portal, a suspicion arose that McDonald has used recent EU ruling to have these items expunged from the search engine.

During a Dundee United-Celtic game in 2010 McDonald awarded Celtic a penalty, then quickly changed his mind.  He lied to Neil Lennon after the game, and to the SFA supervisor about the circumstances which caused him to change his mind.  Celtic Quick News published an excerpt from the supervisor’s report, which was based on information McDonald subsequently admitted was false.

Having admitted to a lie, and under pressure from Celtic, McDonald resigned later in the year, but the greater stench was that of cover-up.  Having set the chain of events in motion, McDonald realised his error and admitted what he did to the SFA on the day of the game.

Having lied, he quickly came clean, but the actions of the SFA were far more serious.  With knowledge of the lie, the SFA were now in ownership of it.  They should have told McDonald to apologise to Neil Lennon and the referee supervisor.  Instead, they publicly reaffirmed the lie.

Even after the cover-up came to light, the SFA continued to close ranks on Celtic, faces were set to stone.  If Celtic didn’t know their place when it came to the dark arts of the SFA, they became acutely aware of it then.  Nothing could ever be the same again.

I have sympathy for McDonald.  He made a mistake but quickly did the right thing.  His name is tarnished largely as a consequence of the actions of his superiors.  If he called Neil Lennon the next day to extend the apology he gave to the SFA, the matter may have ended there and then.  He was not an innocent victim of an SFA cover-up, but he was a kind of victim.

The fight to change the SFA goes on.  Peter Lawwell is now on the board and some of the faces have moved on, but it is not a healthy body.  The vast majority of the 93 member clubs are not conspiratorial in nature and have no ill towards Celtic or any other club, but overhauling the labyrinth of committees, with vested interests which have been decades in the making, will look like pushing water uphill to anyone committed to reform.

Our interests are best served leaving the SFA behind, and we’re not alone in that.

Excitement builds as the 10-in-a-row CQN Charity Golf Day takes place tomorrow in Aberdour, with Frank McGarvey and Len Murray!


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  1. Seven at least of the German squad suffering from Flu like symptoms. Worth thinking about before you place your bets lads??

     

     

    Bet Responsibly

  2. setting free the bears supports Res. 12 & Oscar Knox

     

    12:29 on

     

    4 July, 2014

     

    Good luck to all the golfers and pool players on this long weekend.

     

     

    In fact good luck to all participants in the whole range of Fat Boy Sports and Leisure Pastimes. I will still be participating in the aerobic sport of 5 a sides (ok 6s actually) tomorrow morning at 9am. I intend to wait a few years yet before taking up the Retirement Home “Sports” and beating you all with my superior fitness.

     

     

    Golf – how difficult can it be?

     

     

    The ball never moves, it waits to be hit. They even plant a big flag to show you where the hole is. And still the duffers and fat boys cannot get anywhere near it. Cricket may be a twee, right wing, colonial pastime but, at least, they make them run occasionally.

     

     

    Pool- again, the ball stands still and waits to be hit. They provide numbers and colours so you know what one to go for, provided you are possessed of basic numeracy and are not colour blind. And, best of all, in deference to duffers, they give you 6 pockets to choose to sink your ball in. Personally, I think the rule makers are patronising you.

     

     

    Golf, snooker, pool, skittles, shuffleboard and darts are just ways of delaying a walk to a bar. The next step is to take up dominoes, mah-jong, and 3 card brag and get waitress service.

     

     

    So, while all you fat boys with your fat boy pastimes will be walking in the Fife Sunshine or drinking yourself clueless and cueless as a bunch of Pool Hall Richards, I will be dragging my carcass around a 5s pitch totally sober, sweating buckets and playing a proper sport.

     

     

    Ask yourself this.

     

     

    Which one of us is being a mug here? :-

     

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    Yes SFTB,

     

     

    but im wondering what age you are?

     

     

    if you’re over 40 then you shouldnt be lugging it round a 5s pitch too hard – only last week a poor soul , 40 years old, dropped down and died in Glasgow doing that very thing

     

     

    You read about it happening a lot with over 40s who exercise like they are still 18, until their heart reminds them pretty abruptly that they are not

     

     

    So just remember that you never see a headline in the paper like “40 year old man drops down dead while lining up a reverse double into the middle bag”

     

     

    I will stick to pool and beer (not into golf) – and theres no sweating buckets involved either – unless im about to get granied off a wuman ;-)

  3. Wonder what happens if you type craigwhyte craigwhyte or DavidMurray davidmurray into a google search? :-)

     

     

    Am sure this google machine washing your rep has been done before

     

    HH

  4. setting free the bears supports Res. 12 & Oscar Knox

     

     

    12:29 on 4 July, 2014

     

     

    Good luck to all the golfers and pool players on this long weekend.

     

     

    In fact good luck to all participants in the whole range of Fat Boy Sports and Leisure Pastimes. I will still be participating in the aerobic sport of 5 a sides (ok 6s actually) tomorrow morning at 9am. I intend to wait a few years yet before taking up the Retirement Home “Sports” and beating you all with my superior fitness.

     

     

    Golf – how difficult can it be?

     

     

    The ball never moves, it waits to be hit. They even plant a big flag to show you where the hole is. And still the duffers and fat boys cannot get anywhere near it. Cricket may be a twee, right wing, colonial pastime but, at least, they make them run occasionally.

     

     

    Pool- again, the ball stands still and waits to be hit. They provide numbers and colours so you know what one to go for, provided you are possessed of basic numeracy and are not colour blind. And, best of all, in deference to duffers, they give you 6 pockets to choose to sink your ball in. Personally, I think the rule makers are patronising you.

     

     

    Golf, snooker, pool, skittles, shuffleboard and darts are just ways of delaying a walk to a bar. The next step is to take up dominoes, mah-jong, and 3 card brag and get waitress service.

     

     

    So, while all you fat boys with your fat boy pastimes will be walking in the Fife Sunshine or drinking yourself clueless and cueless as a bunch of Pool Hall Richards, I will be dragging my carcass around a 5s pitch totally sober, sweating buckets and playing a proper sport.

     

     

    Ask yourself this.

     

     

    Which one of us is being a mug here? :-

     

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    I had a quick glance at the rules for the Pool comp. It basically said no olde fogies as the World Evolves. I certainly will be playing in my old mans stylie, it is all I can do. Have I evolved? Hell no, he is a much better person and a lot better at everything than me.

     

     

    Dads.csc

  5. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    ht,

     

    I’m hoping to catch the euro home leg, so chances are the murryfield meet might be a good idea.

  6. Me tell you? I don’t think so, hope fully you never experience it or anyone related to you, that’s about all I can tell you.

     

    But if your asking ME is it funny, no I def. don’t think it’s the least bit funny.

  7. Canamalar

     

     

    I’m missing it because they swapped the home/away legs, I’ll still be on holiday.

  8. I think the Germans are playing silly buggers, I doubt if there are that many sick, any way to late my bets on, so I’m more or less hoping it’s a bluff ;)

  9. tonydonnelly67

     

     

    The Germans utilising propaganda!! surely never.

     

     

    They will look a right lot of Charlies if turns out there’s nothing wrong with them!!

  10. SFTB

     

     

    When I told my doctor when I was 45 that 5s was my main sport I was advised to give it up as it was inappropriate exercise for a man of my years.

     

     

    I did as he recommended 8 years later when my hammys kept reminding me of what the doc has ordered.

     

     

    Still miss it 15 years on.

  11. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    The wife got diagnosed with altzheimers last month,

     

    Doctor said its progressive and the only way to keep abreast of the progress is to set tests constantly.

     

    So I set a simple test, each evening I take her down to the end of the road and leave her if she finds her way back it we know everything’s ok,

     

    Last night she never came back, I think it might be getting a bit serious.

  12. HT

     

     

    Millport. Just nicking food and drinks. Same diff!

     

     

    Seriously I could get eaten by mozzies anywhere. Even Millport.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  13. TD67

     

     

    for your information and future reference so as you do not jump on the offended green Hun bus again.

     

     

    Being of schooling age, I have had the misfortune of being joint Power of Attorney (both financial and personal) for an aging uncle who died after 10 years of sufferring from Alzheimers the last 3 years of which when he was blighted by pshycotic alzheimers. during that period there were many difficult times but there were also many good and happy times in his company caring for him. i got to learn much about his history as a young bhoy from his time of birth in 1927 through to his death in 2010. that is a time I would not give up for anything no matter ho personally difficult it was for my uncle or myslef. And yes i did laugh lots and lots through this period and still do looking back although the laughter is tinged with sadness and some tearful moments.

     

     

    so thank you but I will joke and laugh about alzhiemer however much I wish. You can be offended all you wish.

     

     

    Now get back on the lavy now!

     

     

    MWD says AYE

  14. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    Yesterday I spent the day with my mam( who suffers from dementia) having to tell her that her cousin that visited or called weekly fo over 40 years had passed away, and on a good few occasions I/we were wetting ourselves laughing at her forgetfullness.

     

    It’s the best way we find:)))

     

    “nothing up with my mind” she told me 20 times :)))

     

     

    lightenupCSC

  15. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    On other news it seems Dave King has abandoned “tinfoil heid” Graham & and the union of fanjitas .

     

     

    will tinfoil heid ever back a winner to lead the new club,he has thrown his lot in with

     

    Lets see

     

    Murray,Whyte,Green,Blue Knights, Kennedy ,King and anybody else who ripped it oooooot their fans