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SFA-Ogilvie statement of inaction while SPL split looms

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SFA president, Campbell Ogilvie, today issued a statement through the SFA website amid a growing clamour for action over the on-going controversy over the alleged improper registration of players at Rangers during the time he was company/general secretary and director.

It will be an enormous disappointment to the BBC journalist who gave him solid backing only yesterday, to hear the president admit that he benefited from the now-infamous Employee Benefit Trust (EBT) scheme, however, this will not be news to any of you.  Without wanting to be cynical, this feels like we are being fed a completely irrelevant headline while the real matter at hand was yet again not addressed.  Perhaps we should be grateful the gratuitous but irrelevant headline didn’t involve the Krankies.

Ogilvie completely refused to acknowledge or address the question of improper registration of players, instead referring to an incomplete list of his duties at Rangers.

The SPL split will happen in 25 days at which point fixtures will be arranged for the top and bottom six in the league.  This issue has to be investigated, reported and perhaps appealed all the way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, before then.  Kilmarnock, Aberdeen and St Mirren are currently battling for seventh place, if it was found that Rangers played improperly registered players this season, they could stand to lose enough points to demote them to the bottom half of the table.

The SFA cannot continue to sleep on the job.  While Ogilvie’s position as president is important, he is a sideshow to enabling Scottish football to finish the season on time.

The SFA, the SPL, the game itself is in enormous crisis. Michel Platini, where are you? How bad does it need to get before you get involved?

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  1. Jim SPence via Twitter

     

     

    SPL ask Rangers for all documents relating to players contracts and registrations as part of their enquiry into double contracts.

  2. “I am proud and privileged to be President of the Scottish FA during an exciting period in its history. I have an excellent relationship with our chief executive, Stewart Regan, and the Board of Directors. I would like to thank them for their support throughout this process and look forward to new and exciting challenges ahead at the Scottish FA.”

     

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    It’s this last paragraph that really makes my blood boil. The stench of Orange Ordure is all over this scandal…….UEFA really need to step in. I’d rather we went back to our roots and played anywhere but in this corrupt league.

  3. Dublinbhoy on 14 March, 2012 at 17:08 said:

     

    Afternoon all,

     

     

    This administration problem for the huns stinks…was it incompetence or planned? The Friday deadline for interested bidders for whats left of the stinking corpse seems a little too contrived and hurried.

     

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    i agree

  4. Auld Neil Lennon heid on

    Niel R

     

    I share your schadenfreude at their discomfort.

     

     

    Speculate to liquidate more like.

     

     

    Folly.

  5. Interesting document regarding the new administration order from Duff and Phelps.

     

     

    http://scotslawthoughts.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/rfc-misc.pdf

     

     

    This names the Rangers Group Limited as the holder of a qualifying floating charge. This is the information Companies House has on The Rangers FC Group Limited. Note the previous name – WAVETOWER LIMITED, a company set up by Craig Whyte (and owned 100% by him) for the purchase of David Murray’s 85% share in The Rangers Football Club Plc.

     

     

    This is confirmation that Craig Whye is the holder of a qualifying floating charge.

     

     

    Mort

  6. tomtheleedstim on

    RogueLeader on 14 March, 2012 at 17:01

     

     

    To be fair to the original huns, I’m note sure they tried to blame it on the Romans.

  7. Auld Neil Lennon heid on

    Hey I’m claiming copyright on the speculate to liquidate.

     

    It just says so much.

  8. Neil R.

     

     

    Welcome back into the fold. I mentioned your name,I think it was to Paul the last time I spoke to him I think I was enquiring if he had heard from you lately,look forward to reading your posts again.

     

    Thought you may have been caught up in that trouble in Chile.

     

    Anyway nice to have you back on the forum.

  9. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Will D&P be dismissed for incompetence

     

     

    NeilR

     

    no somewhere I’ve ever freqented, but quite happy to join you and your pals for a bit of gloatin :oD)))

  10. “In the meantime Paul Clark and David Whitehouse of Duff and Phelps will act as “joint interim managers” of Rangers.”

     

     

    Well they cant be much worse than fat sally

  11. McTALL on 14 March, 2012 at 17:05 said:

     

    the 2nd contract issue is a complete smoke screen the SFA law is very clear “all payments, whether made by the club or otherwise, which are to be made to a player solely relating to his playing activities must be fully recorded”. The fact that payments were actually made in the form of an EBT is not being disputed, so the key thing here is whether or not the payments are for playing activities. If they are, and I can think of no logical argument that they could possibly be for anything else, they must be declared to the SFA.

     

     

    The “letter of intent” published by the Sun is quite explicit; payments are linked directly to appearances. I can see only one partial defence: there have been many dozens of occasions over the years when the football on show from Rangers bore almost no relation to “playing activities”, from the 0-3 loss to Celtic in 2001 through to the recent home games against Kilmarnock and Hearts etc etc etc, so those results could reasonably be allowed to stand :-)

  12. Auld Neil Lennon heid on

    RL

     

    What do the SPL mean by all dociuments?

     

    Do they mean all documents submitted when player was registered or ALL documents relating to the contract that resulted in all the payments that a player received. ;)

  13. Mort. Thanks for the links. I note that one document states Rangers Group Limited and the seconds states The Rangers FC Group Limited. Are you certain that these are the same entities in the context of your point about CW holding the floating charge?

  14. Auldheid – seeing the penchant for double speak happening round Edmiston way these days it will likely be the word document that will be the subject of subterfuge.

  15. auldheid, “speculate to liquidate” :-D I wish I’d thought of that one several years ago, it would have saved me from typing more than a few thousand words.

     

     

    oldtim67, I still spend a lot of time in Chile but no problems there, thanks for thinking of me. Hope to catch you and the others at Babbity’s one of these fine days if I make it to Glasgow for a match.

  16. TBB, will be at the game on Sunday but unlikely to have the time to meet up – so you’ll just have to write the next article by yourself.

     

     

    Awe Naw, that iPad video is hilarious.

     

     

    share

     

     

  17. Can we expect our board to issue a statement calling upon the SFA to provide a guarantee that the issue of registration of players will have been investigated within the coming month?

  18. Mort on 14 March, 2012 at 17:11 said:

     

    Interesting document regarding the new administration order from Duff and Phelps.

     

     

    http://scotslawthoughts.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/rfc-misc.pdf

     

     

    This names the Rangers Group Limited as the holder of a qualifying floating charge. This is the information Companies House has on The Rangers FC Group Limited. Note the previous name – WAVETOWER LIMITED, a company set up by Craig Whyte (and owned 100% by him) for the purchase of David Murray’s 85% share in The Rangers Football Club Plc.

     

     

    Ta for the above. To me,having read every snakey word,it looks like the precursor to full-blown liquidation. Ergo,my blood is no longer boiling;merely seething.

     

    I just realised : “precursor to full-blown” sounds like a terminal illness;and in Ragers case,it probably is.

  19. 5th generation on

    Is there a formal process to invoke uefa or are we just hoping they take it upon themselves. Their competitions have been affected too.

  20. Auld Neil Lennon heid on

    NeilR

     

    A cruel but credible defense in a footballing context. :)

     

    This is mer fun than the fitbaw

  21. Paul67

     

     

    It would be interesting to ask Ogilvie when he ceased being a member of Rangers EBT – his statement carefully avoids stating that this coincided with when he left Rangers !

     

     

    “I was aware of the EBT scheme in operation at Rangers during my time at the club and, indeed, was a member”

     

     

    Why not simply say

     

     

    “I was aware of and indeed was a member of Rangers EBT scheme during my time at the club”

     

     

    Was he still a member of Rangers EBT scheme after he joined SFA?

     

     

    VertWolf

  22. What a bunch incompetents that lot are. Cannot even go into administration without fu&*(^% it up.

     

     

    The players agents will be chuffed, something tells me the 75% wage cut is up the swanny

  23. johann murdoch on

    If they are not in administration then I believe it’s open season for any creditors to arrest any monies due to them as there is no admin protection at this time?

     

     

    And indeed as a poster said last night ” wee chicos Arthur Jorge moment”..except worse

  24. From the excellent blog:

     

     

    scotslawthoughts.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/

     

    craig-whyte-the-notice-of-appointment-of-duff-phelps

     

    -could-it-be-invalid-other-questions/

     

     

    (Hope this link works —> http://tinyurl.com/8ayjqjv )

     

     

    Schedule B1 provides that, if the appointment is invalid, the administrators are indemnified by the person responsible for the invalid appointment.

     

     

    Therefore, should it turn out that D&P were not appointed correctly, Mr Whyte could find himself personally liable for D&P’s costs and for liabilities incurred by them.

     

     

    Whilst that would not be pleasant, I am sure that the sums involved would make little more than a small dent in Mr Whyte’s fortune.

  25. Babbity’s? I can see the haggis,neeps & tatties in the air before me…..

     

    ….mind you,ah’m no that well. Olfactory hallucinations welcome,too.

  26. So CO says he “was a member”

     

    I think most would agree he is very much still a “member”…….

  27. pabloh_AKA_NEIL LENNON on

    SFA – pointless statements = delaying tactic whilst waiting/hoping for problem to disappear.

     

     

    SPL – only requesting documents now. WTF? What have they been doing for the last few weeks – S(weet)FA?

  28. The Lizard King on

    Who is running the SPL investigation? What is the ToR and what are the time scales? I missed that circular.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    TLK

  29. TerryONeill Neil ah love yae on

    The statement is revealing he has hanged himself by trying to muddy the water ie the ebt’s were listed in rangers annual accounts.

     

     

    This tells us all we need to know because it means they were not listed in the players contracts at the sfa.

     

     

    If they had been he would have said so an not mentioned the annual accounts.

     

     

    He’s toast.

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