SFA prepare to suspend Rangers


Scottish FA chief executive, Stewart Regan, this evening announced that the Association would not appeal against the Court of Session decision to rule in Rangers favour over the 12 month player registration ban imposed by a Judicial Panel for not paying social taxes between May 2011 and February 2012.  Rangers didn’t pay social taxes in the period since February 2012, the period during which they launched their appeal.

I hear Rangers today served the ruling on the SFA and that the SFA have responded by informing the club that, under Fifa auspices, fresh proceedings will be raised against them for taking a civil court action, which will lead to a minimum punishment of Rangers being suspended from the Association.

The initial case will be referred back to the SFA Appellate Tribunal.  Regan reminded us that Rangers appeal to the civil courts broke two SFA Articles and five Fifa statues.  The tone and content of his statement demonstrated the frustration at the behaviour of the errant club.  He suggested the SFA would tell clubs [Rangers] that they must accept and abide by the Articles of Association at next week’s AGM.

While it appears the Association is about to get tough, they are in the middle of a problem of the making of the SFA and, in particular, Mr Doncaster of the SPL.  Here is the problem…

Rangers believe they are needed.  This belief is absolute and has been reinforced by the people running our game, the very same people who have been rag-dolled by Rangers in recent weeks.

The SPL waited almost three months for Rangers to respond to their demand for information into what is allegedly the biggest scam in British sporting history.  Despite this, throughout that time, the SPL chief executive campaigned vigorously for a Newco-Rangers to become the first club in Scottish football history to be parachuted into the top league.

It took the SPL 11 weeks to set a deadline.  No wonder Clark, Whitehouse and Green think they can play hardball.

During this time the SFA, who are the only body competent to investigate if Rangers illegally registered players across all domestic competitions, have taken no action.  The SFA president, who was an executive director of Rangers when they introduced the controversial EBTs and who received and EBT himself, has remained in position throughout.

Time for strong leadership, Mr Regan.  Mr Doncaster, there’s always a career in the law.

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  1. SonsOfErin on 1 June, 2012 at 11:26



    Ironic, isn’t it?



    If only they’d arranged to pay him through an EBT they could have saved themselves a small fortune …

  2. ¡ǝsoɥ ǝɥʇ ǝɯ ssɐd ‘sʞɔıʞ ʎןɟ ɥbnouǝ (o) /o\ z ʍoɹ on 1 June, 2012 at 11:21 said:








    re Leggo



    Why would meeting the Jolly Green Giant at ipox compromise their papers?? Surely they’ve been doing this for decades??



    Im doing fine mate



    Yes Leggo misses the irony completely, made me laugh

  3. BT



    Schools closed!!! However, I have a day/night of writing reports before a wee trip to Newcastle tomorrow.






    Please remember that one is accustomed to drinking in Calton where a measure of brew can still be purchased for £2.20!!

  4. FIFA confirm contact with the SFA over Rangers


    By Jane Lewis


    BBC Scotland Football’s governing body, FIFA, have confirmed to BBC Scotland they have been in contact with the Scottish FA regarding Rangers.



    A spokesperson said letters and phone calls have been exchanged, and that their legal teams will continue to talk and look further into the situation.



    The Ibrox club had a 12-month transfer embargo imposed by the SFA overturned by the Court of Session.



    However, football rules bar clubs using civil courts over football decisions.



    Fifa have already intimated their unhappiness with Rangers taking their dispute with the SFA to a civil court and have said the SFA must take action against the club.



    Rangers had been handed the transfer ban and a £100,000 fine by the SFA tribunal for bringing the game into disrepute since Craig Whyte’s takeover in May 2011.



    However, at a Judicial Review, Lord Glennie stated that the decision to uphold a transfer embargo on Rangers was beyond the powers of the SFA appeal tribunal, headed by his fellow Court of Session judge Lord Carloway.



    The court proposed that the matter should be returned to the SFA appeal stage and the SFA has decided not to appeal the verdict.



    “Football must always operate within the law of the land,” said SFA chief executive Stewart Regan.



    “The right of appeal is now open to the Scottish FA through the Court of Session. However, by so doing, the very principles on which the Scottish FA – and, for that matter, Uefa and Fifa – are founded, namely football disciplinary matters being dealt with within its own jurisdiction, would be fundamentally compromised.



    “Details of a new hearing date will be confirmed in early course.”

  5. Monaghan1900 on 1 June, 2012 at 09:45 said:




    hahahahahahahahah! Nearly fell off the chair!


    They are fast becoming The Monty Python Flying Circus of Football…


    ….dear god ,they are crazy,over the rainbow,they are crazy…..

  6. South Of Tunis on

    In September 2011 [ as the Sion thing rambled on ] 53 European National Football Associations [ including the SFA] issued a declaration in support of UEFA’s policy re clubs and National Associations which flouted the regulations re resorting to Civil Law in an attempt to resolve a football issue…



    Assume UEFA will enforce that policy / don’t see how The SFA can be signatories to a declaration and then not adhere to that declaration.



    Alternatively as the curmudgeon / comedian who does his curmudgeonly comical thing on the Sunday night Serie A highlights program said —–



    ” Sion’s biggest crime was forcing UEFA to leave the piano bar and do some work “

  7. HT



    “Was delivering curries to the people of north Glasgow last night and in the early evening I drove along a street in Barmulloch to be confronted by 2 houses facing each other bedecked in Union flags, bunting and pictures of ol Lizzie.”




    Do you have a wee scooter for your deliveries?

  8. huddlehound – Ha! and I guess he gets his transfer fee reduced also.



    folly folly – Yeah, appears administrators first act was to spend more money, for absolutely no purpose.

  9. Fortunes Favour Mibbes on

    just read the article. Did Doncaster really just compare Agent Whyte with Gandhi ?? Dear oh dear.



    I actually thought all the players in this absurd drama were playing to some kind of pre-planned script, but truth is they just a bit stupid.


    Combining hun arrogance with hun


    stupidity – a precarious cocktail of explosive muppetry.

  10. HamiltonTim



    How long are you down in Newcastle for?





    will you be visiting any watering holes? :-)

  11. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Legless doe’snt do IRONY he! is too, busy trying to sort out his grammar and – punctuation.

  12. philvisreturns on

    tomthelennytim – Good point! Damn you, Euro! (thumbsup)



    Coneybhoy – I’m here all week… :) (thumbsup)



    hoopeddreams – So you ‘ll be writing to yourself then? :)



    I am Tyler Durden. (thumbsup)



    NeilR @ 10:39 – Sterling stuff.



    If sociology and anthropology weren’t such disreputable fields in their own right I’d look forward to reading dissertations on how west of Scotland “We Arra Peepul” culture led to Rangers digging its own grave. (thumbsup)

  13. RFCia remind me of a toilet full of diahorrea. It looks disgusting. Smells disgusting. IS disgusting.


    But you know, one good flush and it’s gone.



    All you need is to FLUSH.


    Does anyone out there have the courage to flush?

  14. celticinthesun on

    NeilR on 1 June, 2012 at 10:39 said:



    Great post.



    I would share on twitter if I could.

  15. BT



    Will do mate. Guinness yummy :-)






    Maybe I’ll write them on lavvy doors and send a letter of directions FAO parents!!






    Aye, taxis are a rip aff!



    Steve S



    Stag trip. Staying in Newgate Hotel. Leave Glasgow 10am tomorrow and returning 4pm on Sunday. No watering holes we’re spending the evening visiting museums, churches and other places of cultural interest :-)))

  16. Although he’s not a Celtic Man as far as I know, the people over at the Govan funny farm might want to take a tip from Mr Chomsky..



    Noam Chomsky ‏@daily_chomsky


    There’s an elementary moral truism – so elementary, it’s embarrassing to repeat it – you’re primarily responsible for the consequences of your own actions. It’s fine if you want to criticize someone else, okay? It has no moral quality. You’re responsible for what you do.



    Pay yer bills or GTF

  17. Googybhoy






    Ha a wee lesson in there. Always tip a guy who delivers you food and don’t come to the door in a hun strip when the same guy may well deliver to you in the future!! :-))

  18. NeilR on 1 June, 2012 at 10:39 said:




    I now have a neat equation in my head.The solution always resolves to \o/…



  19. Posted through the night on last thread, but I forgot to mention that PM Mr. Tony Blair lied to Parliment about attending these illegal “Secret” meetings that the MSM won’t cover WHY?, if there is nothing ti hide cover it:





    I know this RFC story is getting real juicy but take a wee look at this list of attendees at this yrs Bilberburg meeting:






    These secret meetings not covered by MSM, makes you ask why, and they decide all our futures.


    Keep the Faith