Record correct, SFA prepare to disband Appellate Panel


This morning’s article in the Daily Record is not a work of fiction.  They reported that SFA chief executive Stewart Regan’s “bid to deliver a broad consensus over the way forward also involved discussions over the appellate tribunal’s transfer embargo on Rangers.”

In short, the SFA discussed changing their rules to disband the Independent Appellate Panel process before instructing Lord Carloway to sit in response to the Court of Session’s rejection of his previous judgement.

With two further Independent Judicial Tribunals still to sit in judgement on the actions of Rangers, for the illegal registration of players and non-payment of social taxes during the EBT era, the SFA will also subvert these rules before ‘Rangers’ are expelled from the Association.

After the meeting Regan left for his summer vacation without instructing Lord Carloway to convene the Appellate Panel.

That’s not all.

The scam to establish an SLP 2 in order to allow the SFA and SPL to co-opt ‘Rangers’ into that league is what the governing bodies have planned for your game.

If rules are changed AFTER a club is found guilty and in receipt of a penalty in order to nullify that penalty the game in this country is broke, ethically and financially.  Having established independent judicial panels to deal with serious rule breaches the SFA cannot do Rangers bidding without removing all judicial oversight.

We’re back to the days of George Peat walking in and out of hearings for the Celtic manager.

Most disturbingly of all, YOU are the cash cow for this outrageous enterprise.  With Rangers gone from the SPL Celtic fans bring all the commercial and television income into the game, and are set to buy more away ground tickets than all other clubs put together.

You are expected to continue to cough up for tickets to Tynecastle, Rugby Park etc, and subscribe to ESPN and Sky Sports – money which will divvied up among SPL 1 and SPL 2 teams, as well as they rest of the Scottish Football League clubs, to compensate for them missing out on a ‘Rangers’ game.

You will also pay more money for those tickets than any other group of fans in the league.  Why don’t you just write a cheque to Kilmarnock, Falkirk or Cowdenbeath today?

This nonsense will not bring another £1 into the game, all it will do is redistribute money from your pocket to clubs who care nothing for you.  Partick Thistle yesterday released a statement on their site, “We believe Scottish football needs to be restructured, financial distribution needs to be fairer for all clubs”.

“Financial distribution needs to be fairer”!  Patrick Thistle get to keep all their ticket sales, commercial and other income.  By “fairer” they mean they want some of your money.  If you agree with them, write them a cheque, but if you disagree, you better figure out what to do next.

Thoughts that some great victory has been achieved are premature.   Prepare for the next instalment.

Our domestic competition is, at best, uninspiring.  This disgusting land-grab for your cash will destroy our ability to compete in Europe, and it’s not just the senior team who will suffer.  The Celtic youth system costs millions to operate each year, don’t fantasise that it will survive intact.

Celtic currently employ 27 Scotland youth internationals.  They are almost single-handedly carrying the future of our national team.  This attempt to bleed your club dry will devastate all areas, with subsequent consequences for the Scotland team.

It’s not often I’ve told you the Daily Record have nailed a story but this one is on the money (your money).  I’m at a loss as to what to do next.

We cannot accept this.

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  1. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice HAS prevailed on

    ernie lynch on 24 June, 2012 at 12:50 said:



    I think he has come to appreciate that no one is going to pay even £1 for any of them, and, with that being the case, he is trying to get rid of them, before he needs to pay them………..he surely must have known that TUPE was a different ball game …… Or is he really as stupid as that …..LOL



    You’re probably right…….. Just think the old negative psychology is NOW coming into play ……..doo doo

  2. “A souce close to the defunct dinosaur understands that Coisty is running the rule over Ross Tokely and Boaby Williamson as replacements for the swiftly departing duo…..”

  3. wee Dodds will come out of retirement to pay off his EBT and Kevin Kyle said yesterday he’d play for them in a heartbeat…so huns it’s not all bad news!

  4. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice HAS prevailed on

    MWD …… DOO DOO ….they’re grubbed, and they know they are ……. SFA just need to grab that fact, and move on …..they are embarrassing their own association for 30 pieces of silver….

  5. So if theres a mass exodus, which it seems like we have now.Then what happens next?, surely they have no time to even get a team ready,..even for DIV3!!…Newco finished before it properly starts??

  6. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice HAS prevailed on

    Gubbed…….well, perhaps grubbed too…….why should I argue with my iPad

  7. jungle jam67 on

    even ex huns do not want any part of newco



    no wonder the div 1 ,div 2 and div 3 teams are stirring up a storm



    nearly every team in scotland are shocked at the behaviour of team 1872 and the lengths RCO,regan and doncaster are proposing.


    the sfa and spl along with sfl are made up to ensure that every team is treated fairly and uphold the rules.


    this is no longer some mad paronoid timmy scenario put about by the msm.


    every team can now see this whole set up is for 1 team that is soon to be liquidated and they do not play fair of obey rules



    huns be gone..newco be gone……




  8. •-:¦:-•** -:¦:- sparkleghirl :¦:-.•**• -:¦:-• on

    I felt a bit sorry for Charles Green last week, when it all seemed to be falling apart and I imagined a sad old man realising he’d been sold a pup.



    But the way he’s dealt with the players (no matter what we might think of them) has been despicable. D&P miseld them and kept them in the dark. CG has lied to and threatened them.



    Forget reconstruction and Div1 TV deals. There won’t be a Rangers in August.

  9. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice HAS prevailed on

    MICK11 on 24 June, 2012 at 13:06 said:



    Correct …….. The whole thing is a joke …….

  10. “Just say no to a Newco” – A sentiment that players of a former Scottish football club seem to warmly embrace.



    Now if I were a member of Strathclyde CID I’d be asking purveyors of products of chemicals for hairdressing and hardware stores, nails – electric cable, to report on any sudden increase in sales of the aforementioned merchandise. The Hundead will be pure ragin’ that the players aren’t loyal true blues. Although the Police would probably just need to check posts on FF as the Hundead are so truly awe inspiringly stupid they’d post what their nefarious intentions were and who was going to ‘get it’.



    Stupid stupid Hundead.




  11. @AlisonRobbie: Naismith ” I am extremely proud of the actions we took but I am disappointed and angry Rangers FC no longer exists in its original form.”



    Right I’m off this time my golf game needs improving.


    Just got a text there from my sister.



    “”Should be easy commentating on the huns games next season-Elbows inside to Elbows,who runs forward and hoofs it to Elbows,who plays in Elbows,who hofs it over the bar!”




  13. Larrybhoy on 23 June, 2012 at 17:20 said:



    Good shout Larry, here’s my effort….!



    “The Equality Standard for Sport


    The Scottish FA is fully committed to promoting equity. Fairness, justice, respect for each other, inclusion, addressing inequalities and removing barriers are just some of the principles of equity that influence the Scottish FA’s development, delivery and decision making.”



    Sounds like the statement of an organisation which treats all as equals and places honesty and integrity above all else doesn’t it….except it isn’t, is it….?!



    Please explain to me, and I’m sure there are millions of others equally as desperate to hear, why the governing body of football in my country is trying to rush through league reconstruction barely a month before the start of a new season, parading it as for ‘the benefit of all’, when it is blatantly obvious that is solely to accommodate one semblance of a football club who are NOT even a member of the Association, currently have NO players, and have NEVER played even so much as a 5-a-side in training let alone a competitive football match….?!?!?!



    For the record, I am 100% in support of change within Scottish football. There does however need to be a period of consultation between all member clubs and ruling bodies, and a considered, measured approach taken as the way forward. To rush this type of change through is likely to result in disastrous consequences for the game in general. Such monumental decision cannot be taken lightly, and the unavoidable perception that the reason for such haste is to accommodate the bastard child of RFC (IA) reeks not only of myopia, but also of cowardice.



    I would also be particularly interested to hear the governing body’s stance on the alleged disbandment of the Independent Appellate Panel? Wasn’t this only recently introduced as part of the recommendations from the McLeish Report, voted for by all member clubs, and heralded as bringing the SFA’s judiciary process into the modern day?? Isn’t it just a little peculiar that a Panel is due to be convened to revisit the punishment meted out to RFC (IA) which they challenged in a Court of Law in yet another flagrant flouting of Association Articles and rules?! Isn’t said ‘club’ facing further rulings from the Panel regarding further, more serious breaches, of both sporting and civil regulations? Please do enlighten me as to how this action, if true, fits into the statement above taken verbatim from the SFA website?!



    As for ‘decision making’ within the Scottish FA, then where exactly has this been over the past four months or so? The footballing fraternity of our nation has been looking to the SFA for governance and the application of its own rules throughout this period, and to date have witnessed very little of either. Now, when it looks like the guardian of our game has finally arisen from its slumber and finally decided to perform its duty, then ‘fairness’, ‘justice’, ‘respect for each other’, ‘inclusion’, (other than one soon to be defunct club), ‘addressing inequalities’ and ‘removing barriers’ all appear to be sadly lacking in said decisions.



    Please remember you have a duty to act in the best interests of ALL member clubs, without fear or favour and without prejudice, and just as importantly you have to be SEEN to be acting in this manner. The perception of Machiavellian workings in our ruling body will be every bit as damaging to our national sport as the consequences of hasty, short-term decisions, and the people who matter are rapidly losing faith in your ability to govern…

  14. Jackson on Talksport now and it is all the agents fault don’t you know and the players don’t like Green or the Duffers…nothing to do with the money you can make or the mess they are in.




  15. Afternoon all. Not been lurking or reading back since Friday. Was at Knights in Blantyre on Friday night. Excellent night. Many thanks to BT, John Fallon for tickets to a very enjoyable and informative evening.



    Thanks to Paul McC, Paul B, Phil Mac and Archie Macpherson. Interesting answers to a variety of questions, and if some of the scenarios play out the way some of the panel think they will, the next few weeks could be very interesting.



    Brought along a couple of friends who are not internet followers, one a Celtic fan, one a Motherwell fan, both lads absolutely blown away by the amount of information on the night.



    Once again many thanks to all for organising and participating to produce a fantastic evenings entertainment. And of course money also being raised for charity as well.




  16. •-:¦:-•** -:¦:- sparkleghirl :¦:-.•**• -:¦:-• on

    What interest do Regan and Doncaster have in Scottish football other than drawing a not inconsiderable salary from it?

  17. “50% of the first team squad will not attend pre season training on Thurs…” Jackson on Talksport



    Poor boy sounded very emotional.

  18. …….the scene is set………….



    “Enter P. Gascoigne Esq.


    Stage Left.


    Carrying a range of improbable items, wearing a gold-plated Fendi trackie, espadrilles and a Deer-Stalker…..

  19. garcia lorca on

    Stringer Bell @ 11.55am


    Re PPI. The complaint processes are. Ow so well established that a simple letter from you will set the wheels in motion.


    No need to use a third party ambulance chaser.You will pocket the huge fee they charge.


    Any problems come back to this site. Good luck.

  20. !!Bada Bing!! on

    I’m sure Rhys McCabe will be issued with the same threat Sandy Jardine gave to Gregg Wylde,”don’t dare sign for THEM..” ,underneath the cardigans and brown brogues they are a gang.

  21. •-:¦:-•** -:¦:- sparkleghirl :¦:-.•**• -:¦:-• on

    Celtic_First on 24 June, 2012 at 13:22 said:


    Career moves.




    But who, looking at what they’ve done here, is going to want to be the next step on either of their career ladders?

  22. •-:¦:-•** -:¦:- sparkleghirl :¦:-.•**• -:¦:-• on 24 June, 2012 at 13:13 said:



    Who put them in place and why would be my question, was it a far reaching plan for just such a time as now, naw couldnae be could it??




  23. •-:¦:-•** -:¦:- sparkleghirl :¦:-.•**• -:¦:-• on

    Walking away statement from Naismith and Whittaker. Many more will follow:



    A statement from Simon Catto of HBJ Gateley said:



    ‘Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker are formally intimating their objection to becoming employed by the transferee in accordance with Regulations 4(7) and 4(9) of the TUPE Regulations.



    ‘Accordingly, Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker will not be attending for training or any other meeting next week and consider themselves to be under no contractual obligations to any party.



    ‘They consider they are not employed by any party and are free to consider any employment options they wish.’

  24. Celtic_First on




    With a nice reference from Campbell Ogilvie, one of the most gifted football administrators of his generation, they are certain to get a wee space somewhere in the great trough that is global football.



    It’s a giant gravy train. Once you are on it, it must be very difficult to go back to a real job.

  25. Auld Neil Lennon heid on

    With players now walking away who and what exactly are the SFA/SPL trying to save.


    This was always a strong possibilty and should have been factored into SPL/SFA strategy.


    Reality has its way of getting its way in spite of plans.

  26. Celtic_First on







    And we’re expected to believe this statement from Naismith is genuine?



    It’s clearly a fake, berrrrrs.

  27. •-:¦:-•** -:¦:- sparkleghirl :¦:-.•**• -:¦:-• on

    Hahahaha! And all his chickens going over the wall!

  28. Regan and Doncaster appear to be in agreement about the way forward. What they will try and push through will have to be voted on by the clubs. So have they canvassed said clubs before embarking on this exercise of peepul pacifying? Methinks not!



    Waste of time. IMO



    ps. to save time typing their names individually I shall be referring to the gruesome twosome as `Roncaster’ from now on :-)



  29. I don’t know about Scotland, but in Ireland if you voluntarily leave your job, you are not entitled to the dole.


    I hope Naismith and Whittaker realize the gravity of what they have done.

  30. MadraRua – Aye he could go from being called Nae-balance to Nae-bankbalance!;-))