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Last act of Ogilvie should be to call inquiry

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The hours immediately after the First Tier Tribunal reports on Rangers use of Employee Benefits Trusts, which the BBC discovered is due this month, to loan money (!) to staff what happens at Hampden will be most interesting.  SFA president, Campbell Ogilvie, as a director, was legally responsible for Rangers when they started using EBTs and benefited from one himself but he has refused to resign and the SFA have declined to put him on gardening leave, pending a public investigation.

Instead, SFA chief executive, Stewart Regan, told press the Association had investigated Ogilvie’s contribution to the matter and found he had no case to answer, despite widespread scepticism that any investigation whatsoever was held into the president’s involvement in the issue.

If, despite protests from former Rangers directors that the club acted properly at all times, the FTT upholds the position of HMRC, that Rangers incorrectly failed to pay £94m tax, Ogilvie will surely walk (away), as the SFA will have to instigate disciplinary proceedings on the club which inherited Rangers membership, for deeds done while the president was in an executive position at Ibrox.

Even our new friend Charles Green would find it unpalatable that a man responsible for the subsequent penalty remains in charge of the body imposing the penalty.  We’ve said “Ogilvie will surely walk” before, of course, only to witness ever-higher standards of brass neck, but if he pauses for an hour before resigning, let it be to give those of us on the outside of the game what is needed, a full and independent inquiry into the game, how it is administered and controlled. Before the year is out we are likely to learn that our game was violated for more than a decade by people at the very top. A charlatan was expelled from the game earlier this year while the owner of a new club, without financial track record, is trying to raise millions from fans.

In any other European country, even Italy, the inquiry would already be under way.

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  1. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    papa john

     

     

    19:35 on 16 October, 2012

     

     

    Who’s contacting you, and why …..!!??

  2. Ten Men Won The League

     

     

    Not watching TV now. My info comes from Eurosport website, confirmed today in many media. England , Poland and officials made mutual agreement yesterday.

  3. If you haven’t read Phil MacGiollaBhain’s blog posted by Ten Men Won The League then you really, really need to.

     

     

    Wow.

     

     

    We need a new phrase for The Gift That Keeps On Giving.

     

     

    Greegs done brillaintly for Scotland there, incidentally.

     

     

    SwanseaBhoy

  4. They can’t close the roof because the weather is too bad !!!! But not as bad as Scotland’s start in this game should be one down lots of last gasp desperate defending

  5. Zbyszek

     

     

    Due to the continuous heavy rain all day, English officials asked the Polish FA to close the roof mid afternoon. The Polish FA refused

     

     

    Looks like it will have to ahead tomorrow night now

  6. on phone to 3 now, was going to say i had better things to do with my phone but not sure scotland games are more attractive in all honesty….lol

  7. 7 mins in and already a reference to a player helping to put Celtic out of Europe whilst Mcallister is already praying for a draw …… How do these muppets get these gigs???

  8. Gene's a Bhoys name on

    ItaliaBhoy

     

    19:55 on 16 October, 2012

     

    could be some good players in the belgian league for our next “shrewd” purchase…

     

     

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    Is that not where we got big Vic from

  9. Liam McLeod……………”he hardly had anything to do, although he was beaten twice………….”.

     

     

     

    The BBC FFS.

  10. If my interest in Celtic is 10/10 then my interest in Scotland is about 2/10. Prefer to see them win but not too bothered.

     

     

    Watching this tonight though….jeepers, they’re going to get a doing by the looks of the first 10 minutes.

     

     

    SwanseaBhoy

  11. !!Bada Bing!!

     

    19:42 on

     

    16 October, 2012

     

    From my Shortbread list of huns earlier,how could i forget legendary Scotsman Stuart McCall……on the wireless

     

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    Bada ,do you remember Alan McLaren’s extremely short career in meeja?

     

    I was embarrassed for him.

  12. 67Heaven … I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors

     

    Tel calls from some Asian source, has a client interested in Buying Celtic Shares, same senario as last year.Celtic FC made it public last year, in the form of press statement.

     

    Awerabest PJ

  13. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Awe_Naw…,

     

    UEFA know they have major tax evasion problems within all their affiliated associations and are lobbying national govts to stagger\orchestrate their investigations.

  14. Ten Men Won The League at 19:51

     

     

    It started raining three hours back, heavy rain one hour back. Good weather before, +18 C and rather sunny.

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