Fifa lay it on the line for SFA


Within a very short period following Rangers ‘success’ at the Court of Session, Fifa issued a statement intimating that while they had not yet heard from the Scottish FA, “in such a case,  FIFA will ask the Member Association to take action so that the club withdraws its request from the ordinary courts.”

If Fifa are telling the world this, they have by now told the SFA to take action to ensure Rangers withdraws its ruling from the Court of Session.

SFA chief executive, Stewart Regan, has been satisfied with his hands-off approach with Rangers as this debacle unfolded but such a policy seems to have emboldened the errant club.  The matter has now been taken out of the association’s hands, an embarrassment for every office holder at the SFA*.  After receiving legal advice yesterday evening, they will tell Rangers to walk away or be suspended from football.

Rangers have yet to accept the dual contract allegation is true and, as a corporate body, continue to refuse to produce or acknowledge evidence.  They have not even considered the ramifications of Billy Dodds’ evidence given to the Sunday Herald.  They are looking at this situation through a prism of different facts – specifically, Craig Whyte did a disproportionate amount of harm in a short period of time.

The sense of entitlement at that club, combined with a still-evident failure to show contrition for the more serious offences of the last 20 years, while insisting ‘it was all Craig Whyte’ means anything can happen next.

I’ve questioned the wisdom of a few commenters on Celtic Quick News about choosing a path which would lead to the end of our club.  There appears to be no one telling the fundamentalists running Rangers that destroying a football club while insisting you are in the right is puerile, self-defeating and what your worst enemies would wish on you.

They might be right (they’re not), but self-righteousness can destroy you.

*except Campbell Ogilvie, of course. Nothing can embarrass President What-school-did-you-go-to.

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  1. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Andy Coulson arrested by Strathclyde’s finest for alleged perjury in the Sheridan case.

  2. The Pantaloon Duck on

    Is a prims like a prism?



    I’m still baffled and I expect to remain so for some time yet.

  3. traditionalist88 on

    “….more serious offences of the last 20 years”



    Wonder when the pre-1998 inquiries will start…looking like a sweep sweep job at the moment.




  4. merseycelt lmfao as the big house door slams shut on

    Strolls into top 10 after reading and cogitating on the meaning and impact of paul’s article.








    To be honest,I don’t know a single Rangers fan who thinks they have been in the right.



    Their attitude isn’t even “PROVE IT!” more “SO WHAT?!”



    With every day’s unfolding events being positively spun by their club’s representatives and by the MSM,I can see their point.






    They are in for an almighty shock…..

  6. Jabba never ceases to amaze. Yet again he can write a column on the debacle that is the hvns and manages to avoid the magic words, “David Murray”; still peddling the myth that the only guilty party is our hero.


    Just how does this guy remain in post at the DR and BBS Sportsound?

  7. merseycelt lmfao as the big house door slams shut on




    Was your last comment directed at some posters on here as well as those who are associated with the forces of darkness?




  8. The only way that the SFA can retrieve the situation, and begin to look like a credible footballing administration organisation, is to suspend the taxdodgers from today. The suspension should remain in place until the whole labyrinth of issues surrounding the taxdodgers are resolved.


    Breaking FIFA rules, accepting the transfer embargo, the dual contracts issue, licensing, liquidation/cva, once what is left of the taxdodgers has satisfactorily sorted all of these issues, come back to SFA and apply for new licence and suspension to be lifted. Should only take a year or two.

  9. Time to expel them from Scottish football. The Appeal Tribunal could do it, the SFA could do it for going to court, the inquiry into EBT contracts could do it. I don’t care which one.



    And if they are expelled now they can’t pass their SPL share onto a newco, can they?

  10. The Pantaloon Duck on 30 May, 2012 at 10:15 said:


    Is a prims like a prism?



    almost……prims is like a prism after pimms (too much)

  11. Love it, Paul.



    Keep it coming!



    Oh, and, I notice you keep using the expression “President What-school-did-you-go-to” when referring to Campbell Ogilvie … were you once interviewed for a job at R*ngers, or something … ? Or would you care to elaborate on your frequent use of that expression?




  12. Hi Paul67



    I just cannot see the SFA kicking them out.


    As for them walking away from their victory yesterday, I also doubt very much.



    The worst that will happen is a smack on the wrist, ban from the Scottish cup at most. The SFA will be seen to have acted. Everyone happy.

  13. Paul67



    They have to accept the transfer embargo or the club is kicked out. Simple really.



    Why would Green be at the SPL meeting when Duff&Duffer are still in charge of their affairs. He should not be let in.



    Peter Lawwell attending the meeting with an envelope in his top pocket containing a ‘Dear John’.




  14. traditionalist88 on

    Gordon_J : ‘And if they are expelled now they can’t pass their SPL share onto a newco, can they? ‘



    Was trying to get confirmation of that last night- wouldn’t have thought so.



    I think they’ll get a years suspension.




  15. Ray Singh-Carr on

    My money is on today’s outcome being another delay, hoping that whatever sanctions are finally agreed upon being finalised too late to apply to the current incarnation of TFOD.




  16. traditionalist88,



    There is no new club to pass it on to right now. Sevco is just a company that might give a football club a loan at the moment. It doesn’t run a club that could compete in the SPL.

  17. merseycelt lmfao as the big house door slams shut on

    To be honest, after yesterday’s farce (who writes this stuff because I cannot take it seriously any more-Scotland is becoming a George Orwell novel), for once I think the SPL would be right in postponing any decisions by demanding clarity and leadership from the SFA.



    I’m confusing myself, now, (again)!



    How many strands does this slimy creature of a story have?




  18. Pantaloon Duck, it’s very like it.



    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP, yes, I hear, “prove it”.



    merseycelt lmfao, no.



    Folly Folly, it’s the old way of telling if a candidate was ‘the right sort’.



    theweegreenman, lets’ see what the day brings.



    ASonOfDan, if they see it clearly enough.

  19. RalphWaldoEllison-is Neil Lennon Season 2011-12 on

    The Pantaloon Duck on 30 May, 2012 at 10:15 said:



    Is a prims like a prism?




    It really depends on how you look at it.

  20. Glendalystonsils likes a mr whippy with his lime green jelly on

    Pantaloon duck



    I believe it’s a drink for the fey and foppish.

  21. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    J.Traynor gets to work at Shortbread because wee Chic has set the bar at an amazingly low level, like the Silly Olympics Sketch the ole Pythons did.

  22. HenryClarson on

    RFC(IA) are committing what the Americans call “suicide by cop.” They haven’t got the gonads to fall on their own sword so instead they provoke another party into finishing them off.




    As soon as they cease to exist, the world will be a better place,

  23. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Is a prims like a prism?


    -there’s a wide spectrum of views on that topic

  24. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Kano 1000 on




    Once a CQN’er…. always a CQN’er



    There is an awful ( not sure whether that is the correct word ) feeling of……. I don’t know…. something about my mood this morning.



    Imagine taking a blank piece of paper and drawing a tiny dot in the middle of it.



    Now imagine drawing a series of arrows– Big and Small– which point towards that dot. Each and every one coming from a different direction. Each and every one is a different length and size– some big, some small.



    Now imagine that the dot is you– and that everywhere you look there is some kind of problem rushing at you, coming up behind you, striking you, only to be replaced instantly by another one coming from a different direction.



    That is Rangers FC this morning. Every which way it turns it faces attack and danger.



    Remember David Murray saying they had nothing to fear re the Tax issue and the EBT’s– they had taken the best professional advice possible.



    We thought then that the EBT case would sink the club– well we haven’t even got to that yet and look at where they are.



    All the old board gone.


    Murray’s empire gone.


    Bain and the gravy train– gone.


    Whyte has been and gone.


    Kennedy & the Whyte Knights– been and gone.


    Players Been and going?


    Lloyds– been and gone.


    The league and all competitions– gone.


    D&P been and sucking every penny they can get out of the coffers.



    And still to come is the tax case, further sanction from the SFA on Whyte’s failure to disclose etc, further sanction from the SFA/SPL on dual contracts, further sanction from SFA/SPL on the decision to go to court, potential sanction from UEFA/FIFA for the same thing, potential liquidation if CVA is rejected, potential personal action against Directors in the event of liquidation, seemingly irreversible lack of funds going forward, Stadium in need of urgent maintenance, no ability to plan for next season, no signings to boost season ticket income, no certainty as to who will benefit from season ticket income, no football clubs willing to deal with them in any event as a result of failure to meet football bills, prize money and revenue witheld by SPL to meet footballing debts… and the matter that Barca and RTC have alluded to which could blow all of the above out of the water!



    Further King says he will sue Murray.


    Administrators suing Whyte’s lawyers.


    Regulatory body investigating D&P



    … and on and on and on it goes.



    As someone who is fairly used to advising on business problems, and the minutiae and the kind of things that people just ignore or hide from or sweep under the carpet when they are under stress or strain… the Rangers case is a belter!



    I am reminded of going to one of these seminars where someone puts a theoretical situation to you, and asks for a solution and what the chances of success are and the cost of that success.



    At the seminar a guy posed the following problem.



    Your phone goes at 4:55pm on Friday and you take a call about a man who owns a number of petrol stations, properties and other businesses. They are all in his name alone. He has been involved in a car accident, and while he is living, he is only expected to live for 48 hours at most. Nothing can be done to save him… it is only a matter of time.



    If he dies, then his wife will cop for a huge amount of inheritance tax and other liabilities, to the extent that she will probably lose house and home as well as a husband and father. It is all very tragic.



    However the phone call is from the family accountant who wants you to drop what you are doing and over the next 48 hours come up with a plan to create a business partnership between husband and wife in respect of part of the business and to transfer all titles to that partnership prior to death so that she escapes the tax and financial ruin. Further various limited companies have to be formed, and they have to take over part of the business taking them away from the family.



    All of this will involve an immediate power of attorney, the setting up of a trust, appointing Directors and shareholders urgently and so on.



    To complete the task you will have to work all weekend non stop, cancel a golf weekend, bring in staff on an emergency basis, piss off friends and family and so on.



    However, you will save the wife/ widow Millions of pounds, she will be forever in your debt and you will probably have a client for life. However, before you start the accountant– being an accountant– wants to know roughly what you will charge for such a service?



    And at that the question was thrown open for debate.



    The correct answer? Well people took various guesses and estimates, made calculations and provisions, came up with figures and sliding scales.



    At the end of the day, however in my opinion, there was only one real correct answer.



    Who answers the bloody phone at 4:55pm on a Friday?……………….

  25. The SFA cannot procrastinate any longer. Should they delay,waffle try to baffle with bull####,UEFA/FIFA will come down on them like a brick from a high-rise.

  26. traditionalist88 on




    Exactly, but I’m sure its become clear even to the old duffers at the SFA that the plan is to transfer the membership to a newclub at some point in time.



    I’m sure Green along with D&P, whilst misleading the peepil, have considered how they will get a newco off the ground as quickly as possible, or even in tandem with, liquidation of the oldco. Don’t be surprised if a lot of the groundwork for newco has been done already in anticipation.




  27. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    BRTH. The only pantomime villain that appears to be absent so far in this farrago is Dirty Digger Rupert Murdoch..

  28. Big Georges Fan Club on

    Is a prims like a prism?


    … a veritable rainbow of opinions on that one

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