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. SydneyTim,



    Think you missed my earlier reply to you.



    You are missing the point. Fifa, nor the SFA, can ignore the findings of the Court of Session. They must, due to the higher authority of the Court of Session, refer the matter back to the appellate tribunal (unless Rangers belatedly back down).



    That however is why Fifa will be so insistent that the SFA take fresh action against Rangers. It is the punishment that is imposed on Rangers as a result of that fresh action by the SFA which needs, for Fifa’s sake, to act as a deterrent to any other club proposing to do likewise again.

  2. JimmyQuinnsBits on

    Madra Rua,



    A wee one for you and the wee one






    Let me show you what I’ve made


    Let me take you by the hand


    Let us look real close and wonder


    At this thing of water and sand



    Let me teach you how to see


    What you miss when you grow old


    How the water in your hands


    Turns to silver and to gold



    You live in smothering boundaries


    There are no roads I know


    I walk wherever takes my eye


    For freedom is to go



    Let me show you how to live


    With no fear of what will be


    With no colour, race, or creed


    Come and see what I can see

  3. Madrahua


    If this is your first grandchild my man it is truly a blessing. My two and a half year old gives me greater joy than anything on this earth. ENJOY


    Congratulations to you and all your family and make sure and buy his Celtic strip quickly take a picture of you both and stick it on facebook

  4. Shieldmuir Celtic on

    I understand that both F.I.F.A. and U.E.F.A. will be unimpressed by the claims of both S.F.A. and S.P..L. that they are unable to scrutinise potential football club owners in Scotland. They consider this to be the mis-management rather than the management of our national game.

  5. The hat


    Swiss FA never heard the appeal of Sion as it would have been a breach of FIFA rules


    FIFA and Swiss FA ignored the swiss civil courts

  6. Paul67 et al



    Rangers have shown over the last decade or so, that they do not recognise either the rules of the SPL, or the articles of Association of the SFA. They would rather Scottish Clubs were banned by UEFA and the Scottish National team banned from the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers, than recognise the right of either the SPL or the SFA to subject them to their respective regulations. They believe that they are above sanction. They need to be told, that no, they are not needed. Scottish football, for all its faults, is far more important than the continuation of Rangers FC. Suspend them and see how many suitors they really have. Or how many supporters come to that.

  7. Bluedo. The new game of who killed rankers.



    Was it Blatter, outside the court room, with the rule book?

  8. Paul67 – thanks for all that you have done.






    However, please be careful out there as you are a legit target for dragging the truth into the light!



    The end game is now in play.



    Stay true cos CQN bhoys ‘n’ ghirls luvs you!




  9. I wonder if lennie gets time to keep up with all this and stay focussed. I’m sure he can and we can look forward to a strengthened squad maybe with some flair like commons , izzie etc. We’re going to need it, there’s a big challenge coming, if justice prevails real competition is coming back to the SPl: Dundee Utd, the great Aberdeen, the Hibees. If justice prevails, the SPL is going to be a force again.

  10. SydneyTim,



    The Sion situated resolved itself ultimately because Sion backed away from seeking to enforce their favourable civil court judgements and, belatedly, agreed to recognise the authority of CAS. They did so due to the pressure brought to bear on them by the Swiss FA who in turn were being dictated to by FIFA.

  11. Auld Neil Lennon heid on

    SydneyTim on 31 May, 2012 at 22:32 said:



    What powers did the SFA have to actually STOP Rangers going to the CoS?



    The rules are designed to deter clubs, not stop them. Indeed it might be illegal to have a rule that stops which is why there is the football equivalent of the CoS for appeals..



    The position now is that Rangers broke an agreement with football, eschwed the football appeal route and in doing so dragged football into civil law territory. Rangers did this not the SFA (and D&E say they had no idea that an appeal to the CoS was breaking the rules. Aye right.)



    So we now are where we are. The deterrent did not work and unless the consequences of that deterrent are applied in the strongest terms, there is no deterrent.



    Think of the rule as a line in the sand which you are told not to cross on pain of being shot. If you cross it and are not shot the rule is meaningless. The rule does not stop you crossing the line if you actually want to be shot but it does deter those who want to live..



    Rangers crossed the line and FIFA are telling the SFA that full detterent force is required.



    In any case I read earlier the SFA were consulting with FIFA on what to do next, a sensible step. I can imagine FIFA saying to the SFA obey the CoS then either shoot the bassas as a result of that, or shoot the bassas as a result of crossing the line or tell the bassas they have 3 seconds to get back behind the line and accept the original SFA transfer embargo.



    My money is on Rangers getting back in line.

  12. Proving once again they don’t do irony:



    Re: ‘SFA prepare to suspend Rangers’ says guess who?



    Scotland will not be able to play a single game of their qualifiers….pitch invasion every game and Reagan living under protective custody with Salman Rushdie if it happens!



    Hopefully common sense prevails!

  13. Sydney Tim



    Suppose a way out would be to hold a hearing ref Rangers breaking rules by going to Civil Court and terminate their membership (They are dead anyway) as punishment ‘before’ the date for the original panel to reconvene reference the courts judgement – as such, it would not need to convene?

  14. Doncaster, by any standard, is not coming across well. He’s coming across guilty but he’s not being accused of anything per se. A man with something to hide. Shifty, cocky, dry, humourless, management-speak, PR-trained, and a fool.

  15. that doncaster is a diddy, why can he not just say, i love rankers i really do, sad man.

  16. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    Once did a sponsored ten mile walk at school with the destination before turn back being Moscow,pronounced M’Scow,of course you can imagine how we attracted the attention of all unmarried female teachers in the week leading up to the walk,weans eh?



    Not far from Butthole Road in Conisbrough is Pope Street,pal of mine bought his first house there because of the street name,looney.



    And finally,did you know there is a street in Guiseley simply named ‘Football’?




  17. got it now



    doncaster has the dodgy haircut. Reardan hides..



    oh dear lord Ghandi for the orcs…

  18. did he really just say gandhi had a criminal record, hahaha, what a, i don’t have a word for what he is, hahaha

  19. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on

    All Celtic brothers and sisters need to take care this weekend.




    Jubilee marches abound.. How I beg god for torrential rain during the marching season! Please god, chuck down the rain on their jubilee..



    Marching to nowhere , playing crap music , believing in not paying taxes..



    We have a definition of ULTIMATE density..






    But take care..

  20. Bloke109 is Neil Lennon on 31 May, 2012 at 23:04 said:



    i think you’re being generous.

  21. Tim Malone Will Tell on




    I tell you – my schaden feels like its been over freuded.

  22. Enrico Dandolo nicked my Crusade on 31 May, 2012 at 21:43 said:


    I hope Lenny and all the players are having a good break. There will be some hard work to be done pre-season. If we have no rangers next season it will be a tough league and we’ll need to be very well prepared – not to mention qualification for the CL to worry about.



    I was at my daughter’s school sports day yesterday and NFL was their as well with his family.


    He was laughing and joking with other parents and staff. He looked very relaxed and happy.


    Later on, he was kicking a ball about with his son, like any other father/son, on their own in the middle of a park.