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Ogilvie admits “might have signed some documents”

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Campbell Ogilvie was interviewed in today’s Scotland on Sunday but he singularly failed to deflect the central criticism of him continuing as president of the SFA despite being a director of Rangers during the period they introduced the controversial EBTs and, allegedly, illegally registered players with the SFA, which Ogilvie was also a director of.

Interviewer, Andrew Smith, asked “Can you see there being an issue with you being SFA president at a time when there is an ongoing SPL investigation into non-disclosure of payments at Rangers that you are directly linked to?  You were a director and the secretary who signed off the accounts in November 2001.  At that time the EBT scheme was in operation and players were receiving payments that weren’t in their contracts.”

Ogilvie’s response laid bare how inappropriate the situation is: “I was secretary up until 2002. That’s correct. I was a director, that’s correct.”

All he could do in response to the question of how inappropriate his job as SFA president is when Rangers are under investigation for non-disclosure of payments he was “directly linked to” is confirm he was a secretary and director.  He didn’t even offer a counter argument.

It was as though he’d been coached, badly, about what to do when you are asked a question you don’t want to answer.  Simply not answering the question and making an irrelevant statement treats Scottish football fans like fools.

The truth is he did not and cannot answer the question.  If Campbell Ogilvie cannot argue why there is not an issue for him continuing to be SFA president, why is he still SFA president?

Ogilvie confirmed that in March he told Andrew Smith that there were no side contracts and insisted this was “the case to the best of my knowledge”, despite Smith referring him to the recent BBC documentary, the assertions of which have not been challenged.

Readers would have been confused by this ‘knowledge’, that there were no side contracts as Ogilvie immediately denied involvement with player contracts.

This duel position, bearing witness that there were no side contracts, while denying knowledge of player contracts, is wholly inconsistent and, in itself, reasons enough to for his dismissal.

One of the most intriguing comments from Ogilvie was “I might have signed some documents from time to time.  I certainly didn’t do the player negotiations, I didn’t do the contracts.”

He “might have signed some documents from time to time”.  Oh dear.

If he signed some documents active in this scandal “from time to time”, for pity sake, just go.  Pack your bags, apologise profusely and get out of Scottish football.

We await to hear who conducted the inquiry into Ogilvie which allowed Stewart Regan to clear Ogivlie, but if this shoddy testimony informed their decision, the scandal at the heart of the SFA has taken on a new dimension.

Rumours that the SFA did not conduct an inquiry into Campbell Ogilvie and that chief exec, Stewart Regan, spoke inappropriately in order to save the skin of his pal, remain unfounded.

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  1. Now lets imagine Ogilvie had been a former exec at Celtic. The screams from the Msm for him to go for the sake of total transparency would have been deafening.

  2. Ulster Senior Football Championship Q/F Half Time .. Armagh 1.05(8pts) Tyrone 0.11pts

  3. archdeaconsbench on

    Some websites reporting trouble with Irsh and Croatian fans this afternoon… Hopefully its been nipped in the bud.

  4. Paul67

     

     

     

    So the ‘Great Administrator’ signs documents with no idea what the content actually entails.

     

     

    Found his perfect home in the SFA then…

  5. Ogilvie feels: “too many decisions are reached these days with financial aspects as the main consideration” Yes Campbell like taking £95K tax free!

     

     

     

     

    Sent from my iPad

  6. Vmhan

     

     

    Just in from a hard shift at your old employer:o)

     

     

    Thanks for that mate. Get quite emotional even now when thinking of Reamonn.

  7. Vmhan on 10 June, 2012 at 16:36 said:

     

    Q.

     

    For Voguepunter

     

     

    Do armchair supporters take them on holidays?

     

    ———————————————————–

     

    You can ,but it costs a fortune for excess baggage

     

    (like sally’s belly) any more questions my wee hotpot?

  8. The bould Hector's bhoys..... Tá ár lá anois on

    It was three bonuses, as I said back in March, that I got through EBTs. And when I left the club part of my settlement agreement was through EBTs

     

     

    Wonder what Campbell declared back in March. (?)

     

     

    Was it just the 3 bonuses he mentioned ?

     

     

    Did he mention 3 !?

  9. Green is absolutely hilarious! Love reading his quotes now.

     

     

     

    Walter Mitty does not have a look in.

  10. Ogilvie: “When I came into football in the 70s things revolved around football”

     

    Aye, unless the player went to the’wrong’ school! Unbelievable stuff.

     

     

     

    Sent from my iPad

  11. ASoD

     

     

    Sad thing is that Mitty was a fictional character created in an author’s mind.

     

     

    This clown is for real!!

  12. My dear,dear,dear,friend.. Leftclicktic

     

     

    Thanks,Pal.

     

     

    So..

     

     

    Then, Ogilvie, has convicted himsel,himsel..

     

     

    In Ma opinion..

     

     

    Ogilvie, must resign, as he is noo oan record, in

     

    benefitting fae the proceeds of a criminal act.

     

     

    Kojo

     

    yer pal.. who likes ye aloater.

     

     

    Still, Laughin’

  13. BT the craic was 90 amigo!

     

     

    Coorslads team won the competition, good lads I was chuffed for them, MWD back home today, he had a blast.

     

    Next year we should put a CQN team in….. Thoughts?

  14. Ten Men Won The League on 10 June, 2012 at 16:45

     

     

    No chance my friend,this is scotchland,the land

     

    that time and morals forgot.

  15. Ogilvie is having a Billy Dodds moment, starting to panic now. Mr Green is now copying CW`s script, this is almost distracting me from the Euro`s.

     

    First,maybe last , of day…Balotelli to score winner today.

  16. I took Italy to beat Espana 1-0,forgot all about

     

    Xavi and Iniesta,thought they were Catalonians:O(

  17. Ahead of Spain v Italy, WGS is asked if he ever attempted to play without a striker at Coventry, Southampton, Celtic or Middlesborough? :

     

     

    “No, it just seemed that way”

     

     

    Love the wee guy.

  18. Hi Paul,

     

     

    Great stuff, keep telling it.

     

     

    The SFA (as you pointed out recently), asked for documentation regarding the proper registration of players to be issued to the SFA together with a declaration (I believe).

     

     

    Mark Daly’s expose would suggest that these side contracts exist.

     

     

    So either RFCia and all other clubs have responded to the request and all is well.

     

     

    Or they haven’t complied with the request.

     

     

    Or they have complied and there is an investigation.

     

     

    Now the fact that we don’t know what the situation is two months later is a disgrace.

     

     

    Further, the President of the SFA has a self confessed conflict of interest, all the while his organisation drag their feet. Surely this situation is untenable.

     

     

    Mr Ogilvie states that he was ignorant of what was going on, hardly ringing endorsement of his compentancy, worse a defence that his independant Tribunal has already found wanting as regards the Board of RFC.

     

     

    Ignorantia Legis Neminem Excusat, as for a Salaried Professional whose handsomely paid job was to ensure compliance and received bonuses for the way he applied his duties.

     

     

    Stewart Regan standing shoulder to shoulder with his President seems foolish, we already know from CO’s own words, irrespective of any investigation, that his position is totally untenable.

     

     

    Mr Regan seems bent on ensuring he ends up in the same position. He must deliver the dual contract investigation quickly and take decisive action or resign.

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

  19. Agree totally with what Paul67 says

     

     

    But should we not be taking about the urgency that we need to bring in a center half and a striker ?

     

    Remember regan and co have no influence in CL qualifiers and that’s what we should be aiming for

     

     

    No regular center half pairing last year and no regular front two

     

     

    Let’s sort this now

  20. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    This week will be an important week for Scottish football on Thursday we will see if Mr.Green can get his CVA accepted ( I doubt it though ).We are much more likely to see Rangers move closer to liquidation and the formation of a New co.Then the debate about where New co should start in the lower league or the SPL will take place they will have no embarresment about wanting to start in the SPL despite leaving creditors high and dry.Scottish football is run by Rangers for the benefit of Rangers so dont expect to see real justice take place but more arguement about how they have been punished enough.H.H.

  21. on my virgin media the itv london channel is slightly ahead of STV..

     

    infortunately Burley is on both…. o((

  22. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Probably a lot of you know the way the club operated. There wasn’t that frequent board meetings. You certainly wouldn’t necessarily know – I’m sure the other directors didn’t even know – who was receiving EBTs. That’s just the way the club was. I’m not going to hide from anything. I’m just telling you a fact that I didn’t know individually who was getting the EBTs

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I thought the above quote was the most damaging part for Camby

     

     

    HH

  23. blantyretim on 10 June, 2012 at 17:02 said

     

    I know , but you would fight the Apache nation after a bottle of Barolo and a rendition of that.

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