Last week we shone a light on why newco may have withdrawn their ill-conceived rant against Dundee United over the SFA’s award of £204k to newco as Training Compensation for Charlie Telfer signed out of contract.
Where Training Compensation is disputed, the SFA are obliged to award the losing club the entire amount of money due according to the set scale, from when the player was still at school. The club which receives the money is then obliged to pay any earlier clubs the according to period they developed the player.
This is where Rangers’ liquidators, BDO, come in. Rangers membership of the SFA expired in August 2012, just a few weeks after newco began life with a cup-tie against Brechin City, but Rangers were the club who developed Telfer between 2006 and 2012, so they are entitled to make a claim on the money newco will collect on their behalf.
It’s unlikely Dundee United have already paid newco, so if newco dispute they owe oldco Rangers this money, BDO are likely to ask a court to freeze the transaction before it is fulfilled. United would be unable to discharge their debt by paying newo until the court made a ruling in their favour.
United chairman, Steven Thompson, may or may not have said “You’re only two years old” when offering a lesser figure for Telfer, but whoever penned the withdrawn statement for newco, they missed the point. Someone should have advised newco, “You’re only two years old, take the money on offer and don’t push for an explicit Training Compensation figure.”
Cognitive Dissonance alert, we now face the possibility of newco paying a football debt to oldco.
In the same article last week, we brought up the subject of Rangers’ as-yet unpaid £250k fine for the illegally avoiding tax and breaking player registration rules. The fine, levied by an SPL inquiry, is almost two years old now. As part of their SFA membership application, newco agreed to meet all football debts, but there was previously insufficient motivation from the SPFL, who assumed SPL assets and liabilities, to enforce the fine on newco.
I hear that attitudes changed the instant newco attempted to rub people’s noses in the dirty stuff with that rant on the Telfer decision.
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