Close to 100 people agreed to participate in the Scottish FA’s disciplinary panel, as Neil Lennon put it yesterday, “for the love of the game”. Processes were established and although panel members would meet and be introduced to club officials who were subject to their decisions, they were granted freedom from publicity in order for them to hand out punishments free of intimidation.
This freedom has now gone.
Such was the reaction to Ally McCoist’s public demand to know the names of the panel members who judged the actions of his club the SFA felt it prudent to select panellists who were happy to expose themselves and their places of employment to the outcry the original panellists endured. IF they uphold of increase the penalties.
On Wednesday evening we should find out whether intimidation of the SFA works.
The biggest scandal of all is that despite the consequences of McCoist’s actions, the SFA have taken no disciplinary action against him. Rangers officials are free to react to the appeal judgement in the same manner as the original without fear of consequence.
Other managers who are pursued for more prosaic matters might consider the SFA panel have something personal against them.
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