Platini ready to intervene if justice, integrity and courage not shown by national associations


In his Christmas Day message last year, Uefa president, Michel Platini spoke in the firmest terms possible about many of the issues facing Scottish football right now.

He told us that 2011 was “one of those years where one feels the weight and magnitude of one’s responsibilities, but which equally serves to provide greater strength. Because, the just cause – however difficult it may be – is all the more obvious.”

This is a strong statement of intent.  Platini fully understands the position of president is not ceremonial, it has weighty responsibilities.  If he believes these specific words, “the just cause – however difficult it may be – is all the more obvious”, he must take an immediate active involvement to protect the game in Scotland.

M Platini goes on to say, “To be a president is not to have an organisation at one’s service, but to be at the service of an organisation, of a game, of football.”

Scottish FA president, Campbell Ogilvie, who has been inextricably linked to the on-going improper registration of Rangers players allegations his organisation declined to investigate, would do well to consider these words.  He is in place to serve the game yet he has offered us no information on the subject.

Michel then added, “It has been a year which has underlined the importance of our organisation [Uefa] as one of the guarantors of the values, stability and equity of this sport.”

Uefa guarantee the values, stability and equity of football.  They do not work towards equity, they ensure it is imposed, you have the president’s word.

“It has been a year in which certain of our national associations have had to take courageous decisions to preserve the justice and integrity of our sport.”

Here, Michel could be speaking about the SFA, who have to take courageous decisions to preserve justice and integrity in the face of gross charges of financial and regulatory doping on a scale not seen anywhere in Europe.

His most important comment, which reflected on 2011, was:

“A year in which we have also had to remain solid and defend our values – sometimes alone – to guarantee the respecting of the rules and the equity of the competitions, and to prevent football becoming a hostage of a few for their own profit and interests.”

“Respecting… the rules and the equity of the competitions”.  This includes player registration rules.

More importantly, “to prevent football becoming a hostage of a few for their own profit and interests”.

This is where we are today.  Football in Scotland has become a hostage of a few who will follow their own interests, not those values Michel Platini holds dear.

The president goes on to say that 2011“has been a year in which, unfortunately and at the expense of certain agonies, football has emphasised its need for transparency and governance, aspects which are so important in relation to the respect which is so dear to me.”

There may be other countries in Europe more deserving of M Platini’s intervention, but the crisis in Scotland is acute and urgent, and the SFA appear overwhelmed.  We need the oversight only Uefa can provide and its president promised in his Christmas message.

For an extended synopsis of how we got to where we are, catch up on Saturday’s blog.

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  1. Vmhan



    Possibly they do have a tacTICs board. Well it might go some way to explaining their pish poor form.




  2. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on 13 March, 2012 at 10:35 said:



    “The ones cloaked in the tradition and unable to think for themselves. They will find it difficult on the outside in the real world.”




    Aye cloaked in the tradition of hating Catholics!



    “unable to think for themselves” – hahaha



    Stupid Huns




  3. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    how can EPL games be televised at the same time as CL games ?



    I thought it wasn´t allowed



    Hail Hail

  4. Henriks Sombrero on

    The insane mindset of a hurting hun.





    Five Star Poster Join Date: 28-07-2006


    Posts: 7,804



    Re: Dundee Utd not giving us tickets..






    Boycott them. They’ll soon come crawling back when they miss out on their biggest day of income for the season. How I only wish we had got Goodwillie and were now defaulting on payments to Dundee Utd like we’re doing to Hearts with Wallace.

  5. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    but do you think the huns refusal to pay the Arabs yet they pay the pars has anything to do with Goodwillie



    I think it is because they still can rely on the SFA for help but not the SPL and I think it is 500k difference between second and third in the SPL.



    Hail Hail

  6. All, if anyone’s got a spare coupla minutes i posted a wee quiz last night.


    Reposting here (sorry Paul) if anyone wants a try!



    Quick SPL-ish quiz.



    I will publish the answers at lunchtime 13th March BMT.


    Have a go without being tempted to use the internet (too much) :-)



    1.In the season that Paul Lambert won Writers’ Player of the Year, The KOK’s scored 29 goals, what was the season and who won the Players’ Player of the Year?



    2.Which 3 clubs have been promoted twice into the SPL?



    3. There was no relegation from the SPL in which two seasons? (Apart from this season :-))



    4.Which club has scored most goals in a season and how many? (closest gets it!)



    5. What was the score in Martin O’Neill’s first Hun game? (No Old Firm here :-))



    6. Who scored the goal in Martin O’Neill’s last game as Celtic manager?



    7. In season 2006-7 Gordon Strachan’s Celtic had who as opponents in


    The Champions League (Group F).



    8. Which 2 players did Tony Mowbray sell in the 2010 January window?



    9. To the nearest %, what was TM’s (above) winning percentage at Celtic?



    10. WHich Celtic player player under the great Zico?









  7. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    1. Nacho Novo


    2. Dunfermline, Inverness, St Johnstone


    3. 2003, 2008


    4. Chelsea 2010


    5. 6.2 to Celtic


    6 Sutton


    7 Benfica, Man U , Kopenhagen


    8 Caldwell and Robson


    9 32%


    10. Nakamura

  8. Hamiltontim,


    the board on the wall beside a picture of her Maj, maybe it was a PP – payment plan board, for EBT’s, campbell Ogilvie would know :>)


    This kindle is brill for CQN, I need to pinch it off the wife more often



  9. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    Morning all……haven’t read back yet but, as anyone with half a brain would surmise, these quoted billionaires from the east, south, west and north, wouldn’t touch this business opportunity with a barge-pole …….usual MSM spin…….



    Liquidation is the ONLY option, then start again…….what is it, then, 13 in a row to date ?, and going on 40……..He He….!!!!

  10. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    Sixtaeseven 07.30 …… dynamite……if that is confirmed, they are well and truly fecked……..Doo Doo !!!!!!! ……..forget Jelly & Ice Cream. I’m looking out the ‘bubbly’

  11. row z \o/ (O) whatever part of my club is dependent on rangers I am willing to lose! on

    Vmhan Supporting Lenny! on 13 March, 2012 at 10:00 said:


    Test from kindle,






    Can you access CQN via kindle? If so how do you get the link?