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. Hi •-:¦:-•** -:¦:- sparkleghirl :¦:-.•**• -:¦:-•



    could you fix your name to below please, it’s really beginning to annoy me



    •-:¦:-•**•-:¦:- sparkleghirl :¦:-.•**• -:¦:-•



    Cheers, (NotSo)SunnyBhoy




  2. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Sabre67-Easy mate,they are huns,and they are the peepil,I wish I had P67’s confidence in anything significant happening to this gang.

  3. Art of war



    Even if you accept that he is there to make mone for the SPL – his abysmal handling of this situation is making the SPL unsellable



    He seems transfixed by the need to keep the huns at all cost – even if that were to destroy the very product he is meant to be promoting!



    The guy is either hopelessly out of his depth and clueless or he taking instruction from the huns



    Time he was relieved of his duties




  4. lochgoilhead bhoy on

    SunnyBhoy on 31 May, 2012 at 23:39 said:






    what’s a • between tims?

  5. Dongcaster might as well have a red neon sign flashing above his head: FOR HIRE TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER.



    Insert coins here |




    No change possible.

  6. I watched the Newsnight interview with Doncaster.



    I thought the interviewer was direct and asked questions that no sports journalist would dare ask. He covered the topics well and succinctly, I felt.



    Not paying taxes.


    Sporting advantage.


    Inadequate rules (for administration and failure to pay taxes).


    Inadequate sanctions (for administration and failure to pay taxes).


    Unclear rules (for New Club).


    Unclear sanctions (for New Club).


    Lack of clarity for supporters.


    Dual contracts.


    Stripping of titles.


    Fit and proper test for fit and proper persons.



    Not bad for less than 10 minutes. To get that scope covered requires direct questioning.



    Doncaster fielded the questions as best he could, highlighting his modus operandi – “it’s the clubs, not me, who decide what happens”.



    Doncaster must love coming on radio sports programs – it’s like being interviewed by kids in comparison. The Newsnight guy hardly missed beat, a breath or a subject.



    Doncaster’s role is simple:-



    Define the charge.


    Define the list of sanctions available for that charge.


    Oversee the voting process of the club representitives.


    Apply the sanctions voted for by the club representitives.



    Pontious Pilot 2012.

  7. croppybhoy – Not in disagreement. He is a fud of the highest order. I love the fact that they read this and despair.



    Donkey – you know what to do!

  8. Shifty, cocky, dry, halfwit, donkey town, dishonest, bampot, dishonest


    And more


    We would not like to be called that in our place of work. The guy has a difficult job, especially having to deal with the ‘ Scottish Establishment’


    All I say is I appreciate our frustration with what they are getting away with. However I am sure he is under a hell of a pressure to get things done right for the benefit of Scottish football. All I am saying is that I do not think he reacted badly in this evenings broadcast.


    Anyway I am now definitely going to bed.


    Good night to all my fellow CQN,rs


    Off to Portugal on Saturday for an all inclusive and hope to come back and see them in liquidation, suspended, bulldozed and left disgraced in the history books.


    Season ticket paid for; tick

  9. knoxy



    Fair point, but it’s close season so maybe fair game. There is truth in what you say, but in all of this, all of this murky, desperate play, there’s nothing as important as wee Oscar. All the best to you and your’s.

  10. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    Let me get this right.


    So far in the rankers saga we have had Prince Albert, Joanna Lumley, Mahatma Ghandi and a porn baron.


    There’s got to be a blockbuster of a movie in there surely.


    Maybe Fat Shally could get his pals Robert Duvall and Shir Shean to finance it and rankers could pay their debts with the Box Office takings.

  11. 67Heaven … I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on 31 May, 2012 at 21:57 said:








    MadraRua : Congratulations…hope all are doin’ well!

  12. lochgoilhead bhoy on 31 May, 2012 at 23:43 said:


    SunnyBhoy on 31 May, 2012 at 23:39 said:






    what’s a • between tims?






    I know, but there is limits

  13. knoxy2000 eating Jelly and Ice Cream and supporting Neil Lennon on 31 May, 2012 at 23:49 said:


    p.s. didnt manage to work in the Jelly & Ice Cream reference. Maybe next time!!!






    ha, i did notice, but hey ho, oscar is a better media savvy person than you.


    i bet he would have slipped it in



    only teasin.


    next time.



    keep it lit.

  14. I think Joanna Lumley has been tainted by all this.



    I could have said that Beyonce once knocked me back – it was actually twice – but would you think better of me? Nah?



    Me neither.




  15. northbhoy ... \o/ on

    Sabre67 on 31 May, 2012 at 23:47 said: I watched the Newsnight interview with Doncaster.


    Well Sabre you should stop rattlin.



    Raymound Buchanan was really poor. He could have pressed Doncaster on a number of points, rather than going through your list of tick boxes. In particular he should have pressed home the idea that the CVA, in most debt and accountancy experts opinion is most likely to fail. If that is the case what club would be invited to join the SPL when rankers disappear as a SPL entity ? Why is your role as the well paid Chief Executive of the SPL not one of leadership and not reactionary lacky ? Is it true that the MBA you have was issued by the University of Ohio after you had collected the right amount of vouchers ?




  16. A lot has been said about Lord Glennie’s decision. However, I share with you a moment before his Lordship some 6 years ago now.


    In a case before Lord G, I was cross-examining a witness, Joe Craig (Celtic 77-78). The case had nothing to do with football and JC’s previous life as a pro footballer had not cropped up in evidence. At the end of my cross, I asked Lord G to allow me one small indulgence. He sat somewhat bemused as I asked Mr Craig how many times he scored against Rangers. He replied “None. But I was never lost a game against them!”


    “Thankyou, I have no more questions My Lord.”

  17. Goodnight all,



    I know that a lot of people on here don’t have any empathy with Scotland, but I do and when the powers that be don’t allow the Saltire over Hampden, well I will climb the to the the top and not only wave it, I will bleed the history.






    Hail Hail




  18. northbhoy – Is it true that the MBA you have was issued by the University of Ohio after you had collected the right amount of vouchers ?




    You’re naughty ………..but i like you

  19. estadio


    good night mucker.. god bless..




    how many did he play in? o)

  20. AoW


    does doncaster not look lihe a Dick Emery charactor?


    minus the bover boots….

  21. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Green Lantern



    I bet that Sir Sean Connery plays the part of Sir Con Hunnery (aka David Murray).

  22. Blantyre



    I know not. As the case was nothing to do with JC or football, I thought that might be one question too many !

  23. Bloke109, sorry if that came across like i thought the wee man should be more important to everyone. Thats not what I meant at all, certainly wouldnt expect that. I just meant that im fed up reading about them all the time. Obviously the articles can only be about one thing these days given the magnatude of what is going on, but I wish there was a bit more normality in the chat. It just seems to be really super intense chat about them. With no let up. They will be dead soon, and we have a very, very bright future.



    Goodnight all!!



    Hail Hail




  24. ¡ǝsoɥ ǝɥʇ ǝɯ ssɐd ‘sʞɔıʞ ʎןɟ ɥbnouǝ (o) /o\ z ʍoɹ on

    Too much angst so far.



    SFA process is a distraction. Watch for the newco process. That’s where the action is. What has disappeared?



    Floating Charge………………. haven’t heard much about that over the last few weeks??



    Where is Craigy Boy?



    Watch the shells carefully. You know where the pea is. Don’t you. Don’t you??



    Remember, this is a sting.

  25. Auld Neil Lennon heid on 31 May, 2012 at 23:22 said




    I agree with you regarding Doncaster. What he is doing is applying the rules, albeit to a frustrating degree. He refuses to get emotionally involved in the arguments as morality will not stand up in a court of law. He is a trained lawyer and it shows in the way he comes across. I honestly don’t think he would have made the same mess as Regan did with the transfer embargo. I’m pretty sure that Regan talked the original panel out of what they felt was a justified punishment and it’s came back to bite him on the bum. He has to do the right thing now however and the berrs aren’t going to like it.



    In saying that I predict, for this current mess, that RFC(IA) faced with a suspension will opt to go with the transfer embargo. That is, of course, if they haven’t done the CoS thing with New Company in mind.

  26. northbhoy ... \o/ on

    Art of War on 1 June, 2012 at 00:06 said:



    Now I dont want you getting the wrong idea I only presumed that Doncaster was a town twinned with the state capital Columbust !




  27. blantyretim – Dad……dad …………….dad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Unfortunately I think he is suited to bover boots|!

  28. RogueLeader on 31 May, 2012 at 22:16 said:




    I hear what you are saying. We want to continue with a campaign in Europe. RFCia have to go.


    Otherwise,if they are allowed to continue with their spiderweb of legal chicanery,designed to ensnare their prey in legal mistakes,they’ll take everyone in Scottish football down with them.

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