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. Eyes Wide Open on

    BBC Scotland will broadcast live television coverage of the Scottish Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Hibernian on Saturday 14 April.


    The 1215 BST kick off at Hampden Park will also be streamed on the BBC Sport website, while BBC Radio Scotland provide live commentary.


    The game will also be shown live on Sky Sports.


    Cup holders Celtic meet Hearts or St Mirren on Sunday 15 April with a 1245 BST kick off.



    I could have taken this down wrong.


    So the Beeb in Scotland are given a choice of 2 games to televise.


    1 involves the biggest club in Scotland.


    The other 2 medium clubs.


    Sky is showing the game with the medium clubs


    So what do you do?


    Which game do you decide to show?



    THE SAME ONE!?!?!?

  2. The huns,with their nazi salutes,their belief in uber-violence,might is right & all the fascist nonsense that goes along with their incredible ethos of single-minded rabid anti-catholicism have a blinkered champion in Keevins,and as someone with a microphone,running riot on air,he should not be trying so hard to be a ‘shock jock’ in these febrile times;his inflammatory comments and attitudes only help to further stoke the fires of Ragers bigotry,as if they needed it,so soon before the encounter at the midden. And his endless use of the word ” allegedly ” is mindless. He is more than plank…he is solid teak; thus I do disservice to trees.

  3. tomtheleedstim on 12 March, 2012 at 19:42 said:,



    I started posting them about 3 years ago as my small contribution to remembering those awful days and the terrible suffering that these men endured for the benefit of the Irish people.



    A lot of posters seemed to enjoy them and indeed some requested that I continue posting the diary annually. I’m sure they’re not to everyone’s liking, but to be honest I have read discussions on this blog as bizarre as the qualities of ‘Toilet Duck’ etc. so some Irish history won’t hurt.



    hamiltontim & others.



    I don’t always reply as I think it goes without saying, that you’re all welcome.



    Árd Macha

  4. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire



    I have no problem with anyone having a go on blogs mate. Just do not believe that Lenny should openly have a go at him, as I don’t think that is his style. Mowbray tried that and it backfired big time.


    I also accept that if he thinks that he is off his game he will pull him as we have enough players waiting to get a chance and Lenny has not been slow in the past Stokes, Hooper Sammi etc.


    It is just opinions mate.




  5. TinyTim on 12 March, 2012 at 19:46 said:



    I thought Adam was married to a catholic?



    A lot of companies had similar policies. Does that make their employees are at fault for working for them?

  6. Paul



    Is it not the case that UEFA are already involved at the huns


    At least two European clubs are owed money by the huns – Rapid Vienna and GAIS Sweden


    If the two contract story is proved then all the players who were inelligible in Scottish competitions were also inelligible in UEFA competitions


    Any club that feels cheated would surely have the right to ask compensation from UEFA ?


    UEFA also awaded the huns large sums of money for their participation in all their competitions over a 20 year period – will they just write off being cheated or will they take action?





  7. The Honest Cover-up on

    Had to laugh at Keevins tonight. I know he is the pantomime villain and we shouldn’t be taken in, but he claims he “does not read any of THAT internet as it disturbs him”.


    Haha, what a pathetic little character.


    Here we are in 2012, where practically every home in the country has internet access, landline or mobile. Where Grandmothers in their 80’s Skype relatives, send emails and meet new friends online. Where people pay bills, apply for jobs, buy cinema tickets and reserach for PHD’s. Where members of the public have brought down dictatorships on facebook.


    Yet Keevins, a professional journalist, is too scared to go online and do some basic research on the topic he writes about every day.


    Not that you’ll ever read this, Hugh ;-), but you really are a washed up old hack.

  8. TinyTim on 12 March, 2012 at 19:46 said:


    People are making a Hero out of Hugh Adam.




    Nobody is making a hero out of Hugh Adam, read the tread of the previous posts, just pointing out that he has “come clean” on previous occasions.



    On a Moody Blues theme, if things don’t work out it could be:



    Knights who Whyte sh@t on

  9. Ben Arfa scores a screamer….Arsenal equalise immediately via Van Persie.


    Lightning fast game!

  10. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    Houl yer wheest on 12 March, 2012 at 19:50 said:


    Friday 8am flight mate.HH

  11. Evening Bhoys and Ghirls wee bit off topic but does anyone remember the Luton CFC putting on a Celtic festival in about 2002-2003 I thought it was a great idea and was surprised it was never repeated.They had Charlie and the bhoys headlining along with loads of other stuff, lots of csc’s from all over England turned up.




  12. BABASONICOS71 on

    Árd Macha,



    The diary entries are very much appreciated by my god lady and I.The only posts she actually reads.

  13. Coco and Ronald in hun scheming must surely be bustin’ their pistachio nuts the


    Thought any newco bounce via the big Hoose tent loan back malarkey results in


    a distortion of price their aye ready supply of bearded ladies and freaks.



  14. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    If you’re a member of the laptop loyal, eulogising about Sir Minty and the good old days….



    One Knight in Ibrox and the worlds your oyster

  15. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    5 Live have a special programme on the taxdodgers next Monday night @ 8pm.Im sure Jabba,Nevin et al will be on Full Save The Hun mode.

  16. Paddy Gallagher on

    Had a great day today for many reasons. Promotion at work as a result of putting something together that worked. Think we have sold our house after being on the market for six months. Just received a call from the Hospice accepting me on a training course for volunteers. Great magical day and I just wanted to share it with you all.

  17. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    dannysbeard on 12 March, 2012 at 20:18 said:


    Voguepunter might be your man,The Vogue fitba team used to go to Luton every year.

  18. Ard Macha:



    Very interesting posts. Keep them coming.



    Variety on this site can become its major strength.

  19. Bada Bing cheers Ill try him when hes on



    Paddy Gallagher



    Congratulations ma mhan its great when it all comes together



    good luck




  20. Not sure if anyone saw the scottish cup highlights on the news on BBC tonight ?



    Me neither….. I am sure they usually do have a summary of the key action from the weekend when rangers are involved…..



    If the scheduled semi final coverage is as stated above (ie both channels covering the Aberdeen Hibs game) then it seems we might be having a wee response from the bbc at the Celtic position of non engagement with the media.

  21. Paddy Gallagher:



    That just cheered me no end! I canni get ridda ma hoose! Canni get oot ma died end joab…



    Only kidding! Great news- at least somebody is enjoying life!

  22. Auld Neil Lennon heid on

    stevebhoy on 12 March, 2012 at 19:51 said:



    This blog is VERY significant. It takes the points in TBBs Saturday blog mainstream. Every CQN reader should read it so I’llpost it again.






    The UEFA angle of today was always there the mainstream simply did not want to go there. Now Paul has put it on the agenda.



    On top of that other supporter trusts are coming out for sporting integrity. This is from the Aberdeen ST






    Fans will be well aware of the current financial problems suffered by Rangers FC in the last few weeks. DST consider it pertinent to offer their views on this matter.



    DST’s stance on the matter is uncompromising. The sporting integrity of Scottish Football is critical. We want our club to take the moral high ground by insisting that all member clubs play by the rules, comply with the law of the land as well as the game, and fulfil their obligations to other clubs and to society as a whole. DST fully believes in these principles and is sure that all right minded supporters will feel likewise. We wish to send a clear message to the board and management of AFC that we will not condone any departure from these principles, and that they should not be party to any future arrangement which allows a club to renege on its legal and moral obligations.



    Rangers led most of the top Scottish clubs into ruinous debt by their unsustainable overspending from the Souness years onwards, and the creation and structure of the SPL has institutionalised the unfair distribution of wealth within our game. Now is the time to challenge the OF’s stranglehold to ensure a more equitable league structure and format.



    The OF need the rest of Scottish football much more than we need them. Without a league of opponents to compete with, they cannot survive. The media argument that the OF subsidise the other teams and keep them afloat is spurious. The reverse is in fact true, since they get a totally disproportionate share of the money in the game. This unfair subsidy must cease immediately.



    This is watershed for Scottish football. DST believes that the supporters of AFC and supporters of every SPL club should now send a strong and clear message to their club’s directors that we expect and demand change to the structure of the game as a whole. It is in every club’s interest (including the OF) to level the financial playing field, and to have 2/3rd majority voting in the SPL.



    Clubs must also find ways of improving the product on the park by increasing variety, competition and entertainment, thus providing better value for money.



    DST will continue to monitor events and will be collecting comments from members soon.



    Traynor and his ilk are being run rings around by bampots.

  23. Oh how I nostalgically long for a day when I can watch a Celtic cup semi final on council tv with a stale can of warm lager that has naked women on the tin…when furniture was the wrong colour of brown (including the TV “box” ) and pastel green…ahh them where the days…

  24. Ah thunk av drunk too much aw ready if ma spellings goat anything tae dae wae anything…wheres that bucket!