Regan on SFA acting without fear


“The Scottish FA has a responsibility to all its members and must implement its rules without fear or favour”.  Stewart Regan, SFA chief executive, 24 April 2012.

What chance the SFA will be able to act without fear now?  I don’t imply they will act without favour, but do you believe SFA panellists can act without fear?  Anyone who participates in Rangers appeal process and upholds their punishment will act despite fear.

This process, one of the most important the SFA has dealt with in years, has been subverted, and that calls for a far greater sanction that any already imposed.

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  1. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    RAITH Rovers director Eric Drysdale is being advised by police over his safety after his name was linked to sanctions imposed on Glasgow Rangers.



    Drysdale, a chartered banker with the Royal Bank of Scotland, has confirmed he was one of three men who sat on the SFA Judicial Panel which handed the administration-hit Ibrox club with a year-long transfer embargo and £160,000 in fines.



    The sanctions, which were revealed on Monday night, triggered a furious response from Rangers’ administrators, Duff and Phelps, while the club’s manager, Ally McCoist, demanded that the identities of those on the tribunal be released to the public.



    The Press understands that shortly after Drysdale’s name was leaked over the internet yesterday (Wednesday), a phonecall of a threatening nature was answered by office staff at Stark’s Park, who subsequently contacted the police.



    And while Drysdale confirmed that he has suffered no direct threats against him, Strathclyde Police have issued him with security advice, including a 42-page document that ranges from how to answer the door, to identifying suspicious packages, as a precaution.



    Drysdale told the Press: “I’ve not had any threats aimed specifically at me, but I’ve been advised to stay vigilant.



    “It’s a surreal situation to be in. I’ve just had Sky News at the door, and the BBC are on their way.



    “I don’t feel threatened as such, but I’m certainly being careful. I suppose I am in the same frame of mind presently as Calum Murray was at the shame game”



    Drysdale, who has served as a director at Raith since 1998, is a lifelong Rovers’ supporter and a shareholder since 1984.

  2. RalphWaldoEllison-is Neil Lennon Season 2011-12 on

    Folly Folly on 26 April, 2012 at 15:11 said:



    It reminded me of John Terry’s pathetic statements after his stupidity on Tuesday.

  3. Our new hero AT of Ch4:



    Will Mr McCoist be equally “public” in facing up to the responsibility of what he’s done? Given the cowardice of his initial act, you have to say it’s doubtful.




  4. neveralone on 26 April, 2012 at 15:10 said:



    and not to be totally negative I think the board should be congratulated on their season ticket pricing for under 18s, great value and gets the youngsters into the habit of attending every game

  5. Awe_Naw



    I actually don’t think Newco will be ready for next season, in any division.


    Miller wants to make money, not interested if there is no profit.


    The SFA and SPL couldn’t possibly make the sort of promises he has asked for, no further sanctions regardless of past crimes etc.


    The Blue Knights, who are they, do they have any money, £500k would have brought them exclusivity on doing a deal.



    No I’m beginning to think the plan was always to kill them off totally.


    Why would anyone want that?


    For me the answer may be, who would investigate a liquidated company any more?

  6. What is it with hun apologists in this country? Calum murray says he didn’t feel threatened after the manhandling of shamegame. Keevins tells us last night Ally’s hangem high speech is understandable after all the pressure he’s been under. Now the Raith Chairman comes out and says threats against him are natural “he would be the same if it was his club”- if Raith were going bust would he threaten himself by leaving menacing silences on his answering machine? Yet Lenny gets a bit emotional in heat of the moment and he is the beast with seven heads and ten horns from Revelation?



    They bent over backwards for this mob. In yogic contortions. It stinks.



    I really don’t get this country sometimes- are people just frightened by the horde?

  7. O G Rafferty



    Just the man!


    pedrocaravanachio67 had a question for you at 14.19.


    Can you help?

  8. hoopeddreams on 26 April, 2012 at 15:13 said:



    Trivial, I know, but he’s wishing us well for the match on Sunday. Was always one of my favourite actors.



  9. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    The Record actually closed the comment link on the Hateley article



    Hail Hail

  10. Fantasma is Neil Lennon on



    most of these ‘blog’ or ‘forum’ sites are the same – regular contributors all ‘know’ each other, and sometimes new posters might feel a bit left out, but generally, I’ve found the people here to be a really good bunch, and perhaps when you’ve posted there may have been a ‘hot topic’ which folks were caught up with – there has been a lot to talk about lately, and in the last couple of days, there have been multiple articles posted by Paul – it does make it diffcult to keep up for us lurkers. unless you are able to read every post, on every page, it’s likely you might have missed someone’s response.


    the guys here do seem to go out of their way to help, if humanly possible, so, stick with it.


    There does seem to be a real community here, and despite the fact that no-one here knows me – I could be anyone :-) – you always seemed to be treated with respect and after the hun-calling initiation, you do feel like you ‘belong’


    As yet, no-one’s questioned my allegiance. must be the cloak of invisibility, or maybe it’s just the fog here…………..

  11. RalphWaldoEllison-is Neil Lennon Season 2011-12 on 26 April, 2012 at 15:09 said:


    I remember being called a Hun, did not like it, so I had the flounce experience directly after!

  12. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    I agree with all that you are saying.



    A newco parachute NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS never mind this year



    So they keep their tainted titles and we accept and move on ?



    The SFA and the refereeing fraternity stay as the best of vipers it is ????



    Not for me



    If every EVERY CELTIC custodian does not break every sinew in his body removing this cancer from our midst then he is failing.



    Hail Hail

  13. jock steins celtic on

    yes they are frightened by the horde. plenty of Catholics/Celtic fans have kept their heads down, not rocked the boat, over the years.

  14. pedrocaravanachio67



    Only just saw your requests. I don’t anyone was being deliberatly obtuse, more likely no one knew where to find the leaflet. I saw it on twitter but can’t for the life of me remember now who posted it.



    If it was on CQN you could have a search through the previous blogs to see if it is there.




  15. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    Naebuddy bothers wi ma posts either!



    But in truth, I need my daily fix.

  16. pedrocaravanachio67



    keep asking thon Q’s


    some bounder will eventally answer

  17. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    By Joe McHugh


    Thursday April 26 2012



    SUNDAY’S Old Firm clash at Parkhead promises to be one of the tensest ever, with genuine fears that Rangers won’t be around in their current form next season.



    Since being put into administration by owner Craig Whyte on February 14, the bad news has leaked out of Ibrox on a weekly basis, with Ally McCoist claiming on Tuesday that a 12-month SFA transfer ban could kill the club.



    That sanction was imposed for four breaches of the rules with clubs in Austria, Italy, France, Sweden as well as Scotland and England listed among Rangers’ creditors.



    Last night, the identity of the three-man panel that imposed the transfer ban was revealed on the internet, forcing the SFA and police to step up security measures.



    An SFA statement said: “We are deeply concerned that the safety and security of Judicial Panel members appointed to a recent Tribunal has been compromised by a wholly irresponsible betrayal of confidential information.



    “The Judicial Panel consists of volunteers from across the spectrum of sport and business in Scotland. They are appointed on the basis of anonymity, yet all three panel members have reported intrusion into their lives, including abusive and threatening communication.



    “This has been extended to directors of the Scottish FA. It culminated in a visit by police, who are taking seriously the threats made.”



    Speaking about his anger at the verdict on Tuesday, McCoist said: “Plain and simply, I think it is an absolutely shocking decision. I found out last night and I was shocked and absolutely appalled by the way this supposedly independent judicial panel was coming down on us in this form.



    “Who are these people? I want to know who these people are. I’m a Rangers supporter, and the Rangers supporters and the Scottish public deserve to know who these people are, people who are working for the SFA.”



    On Sunday, Rangers face their fiercest rivals with the threat of liquidation heavy in the air.



    No acceptable or realistic bid has been made for the club, despite being in the third month of administration.



    A tax tribunal that could see them hit with a bill of around €85m is still to be delivered, with the Scottish football authorities in the dark about where the club will be next season.



    Celtic’s title win has been overshadowed by events at Ibrox that resulted in a 10-point deduction in February, but Celtic clinched the championship with five matches left to play.



    A home win for Neil Lennon’s side would put them 21 points ahead of Rangers with three games left to play, reducing the importance of the 10-point deduction that Rangers suffered.



    To top things off, match referee Craig Thomson has pulled out of the fixture, with Calum Murray stepping in. In the last clash of the clubs at Ibrox, Murray sent off two Celtic players and banned Lennon from returning to the dug-out for the second half.



    The Celtic boss will watch Sunday’s match from the stands, sitting out the final match of his two-game touchline ban for comments made after the League Cup Final defeat to Kilmarnock.



    – Joe McHugh

  18. Taken from Mark Hately column in DR ” People aware of the structure of Scottish football wouldn’t have imposed these sanctions on Rangers ”


    This statement shows how out of touch so called rangers people are , they still believe that they are the establishment club and as such are not subject to the same rules and regulations as the rest of us mere mortals.


    They still think the knuckle-crushing , nod nod wink wink way of life practised by their drum thumping , flute playing , sash wearing forefathers is alive and well and living in 21st century Scotland.


    How wrong they are , slowly but surely Scotland is being dragged ( sometimes kicking and screaming ) into the real world , where your schooling , surname , country of origin , colour and faith are no longer accepted as being a barrier to being the best that you can be .


    The ” we are the people” are being left behind by those of us who want a fairer society for our children and a level playing field for our football club . No longer will we accept being told we are less than them , that we should know our place and worst of all – that we NEED them.


    Scottish football doesn’t need them and Scottish society certainly doesn’t need them , they are the anchor which is holding us back , let’s cut the chain and sail off into a better future for all and not just the chosen few.


    Hail Hail

  19. pedrocaravanachio67,


    (thanks hoopeddreams)


    No, I have heard nothing more and I don’t know when the decision will be made public

  20. Ten Men Won The League on 26 April, 2012 at 15:15 said:


    Huns 7/2 to win at Paradise on Sunday



    They can’t bet on it tho. They are boycotting Hills!




  21. Just had a gander on other clubs messageboards and forums and it’s a grim sight.



    Motherwell and Killie fans haven’t even mentioned this incident.


    The Hearts fans do rip into them on their Kickback forum before reverting back to the ‘Both as bad as each other garbage’


    Not much mention anywhere else.


    Are they scared or not bothered? I don’t remember being so tight lipped when our manager was being slated!




  22. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on 26 April, 15:21


    Thanks. Any idea who the Rangers fan is then? Any proof?

  23. Sir Paul



    Ah agree wi.. Mr.Reagan.


    Ah always agree wi…’ The IDEAL!



    Because, ye canny whack… THE IDEAL!






    But,in guid conscience, a Canny Agree … that the Appeals Panel wull Act.. WITHOOT FEAR ,in going aboot thur Joab.






    Human Nature, dictates that… “Promise ’em Anything..


    But Look after .. Number One”



    Like Ah done said,last Night ..


    “Coisty, knew. Exactly wit kinda .. PAVLOVIAN RESPONSE, He wid Get..when.. He Proclaimed ,in Front of the Camera.. AND tae Thousand G.A. Supporters..




    “We deserve tae be TOLD.. ..Who ur These Guys?.. Fur , that is right and Fair.. We needTransparency”



    Sure, He has Back Pedalled, today.. which, is tae fully expected



    In a Coupla Days. Folk wull hiv .. FURGOATTEN..that Coisty,wiz the Instigator in promoting…this Flood of CyberThreats.. and Abusive Phone Calls ,which SHALL continue , unabated , directed at the Now Beleagured and ..Terrorized.. Three Members of the Panel ,who issued those Punishments agin the G.A….. Right up tae the Day of the Appeals Process.



    No matter , who sits oan the Appeals Panel..


    There is Nae Way that their Honest Judgment wull no be Affected, by this Palpable Atmosphere of Hatred, which wull


    …in ma opinion , have a Great Bearing oan How they will Review the Appeal.



    The Beast, is Noo Loose.. thanks tae Coisty…


    and it wull no be easily.. Contained..



    Polis, Investigation or no Polis ..Investigation.



    Ah wullnae be,at all surprised, if the Appeals Panel..


    Amends, the Previous Punishiment…tae a Watered Doon Punishment… which will Noo be more Satisfactory tae the G.A.





    Still, Laughin’

  24. Awe_Naw



    I’m not for one second saying I don’t want all investigations to carry on.


    I do, I want the cheats exposed and this to be recorded for posterity.



    What I’m suggesting is that the motivation for an asset stripper such as Whyte to be able to gain control over Rangers was just that, to asset strip, allow others to pick over the bones and to leave nothing behind.


    Motivation for that, perhaps, was that the investigations would then go away.


    So history intact, but more importantly no investigations into fudiciary responsibility, Uttering, criminality. Not that I’m suggesting this went on, only some people may be more comfortable if it wasn’t investigated.

  25. Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning! on 26 April, 2012 at 15:21 said:


    “Naebuddy bothers wi ma posts either!”



    Good point, well made.