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News that Harry Redknapp and Milan Mandaric, former manager and owner of Portsmouth FC respectively, will face trial in January over allegations they attempted to defraud HM Revenue and Customs will cast a long shadow within the football business in what is shaping up to be a landmark year for the game’s relationship with tax authorities.

Unlike Rangers on-going HMRC case, which is a mere tribunal that will decide if a liability demand is valid, Radknapp and Mandaric face criminal charges.  Redknapp is one of England’s most popular sporting figures but no more so than former jockey, Lester Piggott, who received a three year jail sentence for tax evasion in 1987.

High profile wins, at Crown Court or a First Tier Tribunal, are likely to bring in more undeclared tax than a bus load of cartoon characters in bowler hats.

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  1. Well you can get grades, toe the line,

     

    Keep your behind above the water in the meantime,

     

    Join the corporate pyramid,

     

    I couldn’t blame you if you did,

     

    Until you sell out your brother while your sister falls,

     

    Playin’ daddy, doing the company crawl,

     

    You don’t deserve your daughter’s kiss, I know it’s sad,

     

    That’s how it is.

     

     

    Well, uptown there’s been more than an oilspill,

     

    Another woman beaten, raped, blood spilled, male hate,

     

    The paper’s couldn’t wait, racism, sell this.

     

    Well there’s excusin’ in what I’m saying,

     

    It’s just that there’s a million colours praying,

     

    For real justice.

     

    That’s how it really is.

     

     

    You just get born, keep on keepin’ on,

     

    Defend yourself against the worries,

     

    Try and have fun.

     

    Party on until your number’s picked,

     

    But beware cos the fight is fixed,

     

    It was them but it could be you next,

     

    Paranoia saves lives,

     

    So if you wanna exist,

     

    Get your head round this…

     

    That’s how it is.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  2. weeminger

     

     

    The GB need to wise up stop giving people excuses to attack our club though. While I agree Paddy McCourts Fenian Army is in NO WAY offensive, a unwashed illegitamate citrus fruit will look for any excuse to report us and give us negative publicity!

  3. The main/only ambition of the current board is entry to the EPL, I dont think they would be in favour of reports of or UEFA charges of offensive/IRA singing. Not ideal for selling the PLC to the EPL.

     

     

    This story seems like muck slinging from folk with agenda’s against Celtic.

  4. I have to say that, I’m a little bit concerned as to Eddie Smith’s allegation’s ?

     

    Bearing in mind that, Eddie hadn’t been too evident on the SPL games after, his namesake, Walter complained about him, is it any surprise that, in his efforts to carve a niche in the establishment’s funny-farm, the bold Eddie who, was two years above my wife at the secondary school that, produced the likes of, the McStay family, Paul Cooney, Barry Fergusons kids as well as, some of my own…that ES will be reduced to, colluding with the dark-arts department of the hun-establishment to hold-on to his career in the force ?

  5. greenjedi says:

     

    14 November, 2011 at 09:06

     

     

    I used to feel similarly but they’ll find ways to generate negative press about us regardless. As I say on a certain level I welcome the decision either way. Investigated and not guilty, no more investigations, regardless of the number of complaints. Investigated and found guilty, everybody’s clear on what’s acceptable and what isn’t, and we can move on.

  6. I heard Traynor on radio this morning.

     

    Judging by his contribution and tone, we must have been found guilty !

     

    He is enough to put you off of your porridge.

  7. The singing wasnt offensive to the Rennes fans , they like irish music .

     

    This is just vindictive policing. They wont even come out and state clearly which songs shouldnt be sung . Is it up to the police to decide anyway?

     

    The huns song about “guarding derry walls” with the chorus of “surrender and-or you DIE die die die die apparently is OK for the polis . I presume its about a battle between the prods and the cats . Possibly sectarian???

     

    With the ranglers slow-motion death throes the attacks on all things Celtic are going to only intensify.

  8. I’ve gone back to the BBC coverage of the Justice Committee where Professor Devine and Christine Grahame debated the chances of Rangers supporters being more likely to be arrested under the 2003 legislation for religiously aggravated offences.

     

     

    I believe it’s significant and points clearly to the agenda being followed by those that want to even things up by introducing this new law that will encompass the political dimension to songs sung at football stadia.

     

     

    I don’t believe it is by coincidence this police officer has pre-empted the Scottish parliament by reporting Celtic supporters for singing politically motivated songs, no, this shows signs of a coordinated strategy to even things up by grouping Celtic and Celtic supporters with the tarnished and embarrassing spectacle that is RFC.

     

     

    Here is the link for those interested – the relevant section with the interesting bit between about 38.00 minutes – 60.00 minutes.

  9. I remember when the Ragers were getting investigated by UEFA that I could not read or hear a report that did not contain several references to “allegedly” or “allegations”. Sometimes the reports were concluded with a statement, suc as, “We must remember that these are only allegations.”

     

     

    I will be happy for others to post whether they have heard similar qualifications about us this time. As yet, I have neither seen nor heard any such qualification.

  10. greenjedi says:

     

    14 November, 2011 at 09:06

     

     

    I really don’t get this reasoning. Our existence offends them, where does this end?

  11. Steinreignedsupreme on

    The sports media in Scotland has always been anti-Celtic and they always will be. A Hun infested group of chancers who reveal their exclusives on an extremist website.

     

     

    NOTHING our support does will placate the Scottish media in any way as they will simply create something else to attack us with. They have an agenda … end of…

     

     

    Only one team in Scotland has a sectarian problem – and the media have done all they can to ignore that fact for decades. They can’t stir up nonsense about Poppies this year so they are attempting to kick up a fuss over songs THEY find offensive.

     

     

    The Scottish media will never be in any position to take the moral high-ground over the Celtic support.

  12. bamboo says:

     

    14 November, 2011 at 09:13

     

     

    With the ranglers slow-motion death throes the attacks on all things Celtic are going to only intensify.

     

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

     

    The attacks will intensify because, the establishment watched as, the BBC pi##ed all over the Celtic support at the, SCF v’s Murderwell and, the PLC/chocolate fire-guard sat back and watched them!

     

    The only body who will stand-up for the Celtic fans are, ourselve’s!

  13. Whilst I in no way condone the singing of Republican songs at Celtic matches, irrespective of the fact that I do have certain sympathies in that direction, this latest episode really makes me laugh.

     

    Even if the alleged offensive chanting actually happened, just how offended are a small travelling group of French footy fans likely to get about a section of Celtic fans singing songs glorifying events that took place in Ireland almost a century ago?

     

    I doubt any of them could even understand the accents never mind the sentiments being expressed.

     

    It seems to have taken the input of a Scottish Policeman and former whistler for this even to have come to the attention of UEFA. Their own observers having been apparently unaware that all this “offensiveness” had even occurred.

     

    As if we did not know, this is what we are up against. Truly laughable.

     

     

    HH

  14. Ernie lynch

     

     

    Why would they bother? If you weren’t being disingenuous that would be one very dumb question

  15. Steinreignedsupreme says:

     

    14 November, 2011 at 09:25

     

     

    The sports media in Scotland has always been anti-Celtic and they always will be. A Hun infested group of chancers who reveal their exclusives on an extremist website.

     

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

     

    I would conclude that, no publicity is better than the publicity from, the LL ?

     

     

    So, why don’t we grow a pair and, BAN them ?

  16. Ray Singh-Carr says:

     

    14 November, 2011 at 09:30

     

     

    ‘Even if the alleged offensive chanting actually happened, just how offended are a small travelling group of French footy fans likely to get about a section of Celtic fans singing songs glorifying events that took place in Ireland almost a century ago?’

     

     

    The Rennes fans are likely to be Bretons who regard themselves as part of the Celtic fringe of Europe.

     

     

    It’s unlikely they’d be offended by anything in the songbook.

  17. Kojo @ 23 .59

     

     

    Patrick J Buchanan ? .

     

     

    Note your praise of ” The Palaeo- Conservative ” –

     

     

    As a bit of balance ——

     

     

    He is a Racist.

     

     

    He is a White Supremacist.

     

     

    He is an Anti — Semite.

     

     

    He does that Holocaust Denial thing .

     

     

    He is a proto — fascist.

     

     

    No thanks !

  18. Anthony Armstrong on HIGNFY on the day that Gadaffi was summarily executed

     

     

    “This is the the third time I have hosted HIGNFY. On the first occasion they captured Saddam Hussain; the second…they shot Osama Bin Laden, and stone me on the third, yep you’ve got it, Westlife broke up’.

     

     

    Well TBB and Paddy G thought it was funny as well (after a gadzillion pints on Saturday).

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    Estadio

  19. KevJungle says – “We don’t care what the animals say…” says:

     

    14 November, 2011 at 09:36

     

     

    You wouldn’t rule out that possibility.

     

     

    I wish I could be more confident in the board’s determination to face down the charges.

  20. CultsBhoy hates being 2nd on

    Not been posting lately..getting increasingly weary of HMRC leaders on CQN..is that really all we have to build our season around.

     

    I really think more discussion on why we are 12 points behind a bunch of bankrupted diddies would be more interesting.

     

    HMRC might not be a smokescreen but it is a convenient distraction for some.

     

    LAWWELL MUST GO!

  21. CultsBhoy hates being 2nd says:

     

    14 November, 2011 at 09:40

     

     

    Do you accept that the outcome of that tax case has a bearing on the future of Celtic?

  22. Westim

     

     

    Which part of the media do you think gives Celtic a fair crack of the whip?

     

    I cant see them anywhere .

  23. Steinreignedsupreme on

    KevJungle says – “We don’t care what the animals say…”: 14 November, 2011 at 09:33

     

     

    “I would conclude that, no publicity is better than the publicity from, the LL ?

     

     

    “So, why don’t we grow a pair and, BAN them ?”

     

     

    Don’t buy the trash or listen to their phone-ins. That is a far better way of dealing with them.

  24. Beautiful morning here in North Ayrshire.

     

     

    What’s also beautiful is the irony in the fact that the policeman who “reported” us to UEFA, was probably prompted to do so by his own anti-Catholic bigotry.

  25. Chanting v singing.

     

     

    There was certainly no offensive chanting at the match .

     

    Maybe a couple of the songs would upset an orange extremist but celtic just being here upsets them anyway.

  26. The Battered Bunnet on

    “…a Uefa spokesman has confirmed that the organisation’s control and disciplinary body will examine a charge of “an incident of an unsporting nature, namely illicit chanting”.

     

     

    So there we have it. Illicit chanting.

     

     

    That clears that one up then.

     

     

    Whit?

  27. Steinreignedsupreme says:

     

    14 November, 2011 at 09:51

     

     

    Don’t buy the trash or listen to their phone-ins. That is a far better way of dealing with them.

     

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

     

    I still think an official stance would carry more clout ?

     

     

    Only saying like.

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

  28. Silver City

     

     

    Yeah -show any group of football fans that dont try and offend their opponents .

     

    The surreal world that is scottish football. It just gets crazier by the day.

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