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SFA ready to attempt a cover-up to protect cronies

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Yesterday, the SFA’s Professional Game Board met to discuss the SPFL’s request that they hold an inquiry into the goings-on in Scottish football, following The Supreme Court’s ruling last month on the legality of Rangers EBT use. The League, which represents all 42 senior clubs in the game, wants the national association to investigate the most serious governance events in the sport’s history.

You would think the SFA would be obliged to investigate, right?

Instead, the SFA are getting the band back together.  They will sit down with Darryl Broadfoot, now the Association’s external PR, to calculate whether they can carry enough media support to get away with doing nothing at all.

Apparently, the SFA would rather solicit backing for inaction than carry out the wishes of their professional league. This is Scottish football in 2017. It is actually happening, right now.

Governance standards are non-negotiable. No national association can ignore the will of its professional clubs, on an issue as serious as governance, without major repercussions. If the acute situation we have witnessed in recent years is not bad enough, this lack of action puts the SFA on the verge of complicity and cover-up.

Some of the recent most senior office-holders of the Association itself are implicated in the scandal, both as administrators and financial beneficiaries. The question before members of the Professional Game Board isn’t just, ‘Do we do the right thing?’, it’s ‘Do we expose some of our friends and colleges to scrutiny?  And if so, how far does the contamination spread?’  Those watching from within the game know, once Pandora’s Box is open, the actions of many others could be open to scrutiny.  Don’t think evidence presented to Lord Nimmo Smith was not thoroughly rehearsed and approved by ‘the band’ before being put to the SPL Commission.

The SFA will instruct a cover-up in the coming days to protect their cronies, and in doing so will become complicit in the subversion of the level playing field in Scottish football.

The stink goes as high as the recent past-president of the SFA, Campbell Ogilvie, who worked with those on the Professional Game Board, and had administrative responsibility for contracts and licensing at Rangers during their EBT period. He was also a financial beneficiary of an EBT. The SFA will refuse the request of the SPFL to investigate these matters and attempt a cover-up.

When you have prima facie evidence of a governance issue, presented by your own league, involving your own past-president, you are obliged to open up to independent analysis.  Failure to “promote and protect ethical standards and good governance” put the Scottish Football Association in breach of their duty as a member association of Uefa.

Fans will not accept anything less; clubs will not accept anything less. The matter will go to Uefa.  It will go to government.  It will go to media in England and beyond. It will go to court; those turning their heads today will be called to account.  It cannot and will not be accepted.  It will not go away.

There will be no cover-up to protect the guilty.

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  1. BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 11TH AUGUST 2017 4:18 PM

     

     

    Celtic had four 19 year olds and one 18 year old starting vs Kilmarnock on Tuesday

     

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    Sevco had the same in their under 12s last game. ;)

     

     

     

     

     

     

  2. Best Celt ever?

     

     

    By now McGrory was a wanted man; in five seasons he had scored 143 League and Scottish Cup goals in just 152 games and Celtic had already received and turned down countless offers for him. However, in August 1927 they decided to accept an offer from Arsenal for £10,000, which at the time would have been the World football transfer record.

     

     

    McGrory had accepted a paid holiday invitation from the Celtic Board to make a pilgrimage to the shrine at Lourdes as a guest of Celtic manager Willie Maley. What he didn’t know, was that the Board had arranged a meeting with Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman and chairman Sir Samuel Hill-Wood MP in London. Upon arriving in London at Euston railway station, McGrory was surprised (Maley knew, but had said nothing to McGrory about the ulterior motive) to be met on the station platform by Chapman and Hill-Wood. Chapman tried his hardest to charm and persuade McGrory to sign for Arsenal, but he turned him down flatly. Upon their return from Lourdes, McGrory and Maley were again met in London by Chapman and Hill-Wood in a surprise (even to Maley this time) visit. The Arsenal manager and chairman made one last attempt at getting McGrory’s signature, but again failed to persuade him.

     

     

    In the aftermath of his refusal to leave Celtic, McGrory’s weekly wage was reduced from £9 to £8 from the beginning of the season, with no warning or reason given. It is generally assumed this done out of spite for McGrory’s loyalty to Celtic in refusing to sign for Arsenal and the club’s loss of a £10,000 windfall. McGrory would later quip about the episode that “McGrory of Arsenal just never sounded as good as McGrory of Celtic”.

  3. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    CQN’s influence on the Chinese walls of Scottish football works again. Tuesday 7.45pm kick-off for Annan Athletic v Celtic, Galabank, Annan, now.

     

     

    Where did I leave that train times to Annan leaflet?

  4. They used to chant

     

     

    Oh send for McGrory

     

     

    Oh send for McGrory

     

     

    Oh send for McGrory

     

     

    Oh send for McGrory the pride of Parkhead

     

     

     

    to the tune of On Erin’s green valleys

     

     

    Celtic Folklore CSC

  5. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    TRAD88

     

     

    At least wait till im on before carping.

     

    ‘250 times a day’?

     

    Really!

     

    Dont talk s***

  6. bigrailroadblues on

    Scullybhoy, 4.43.

     

    My opinion has always been that J.E.McGrory is the greatest player to don the wonderful hoops. Thanks for posting. BRB

  7. traditionalist88 on

    The Green Man says SACK THE Board on 11th August 2017 4:54 pm

     

     

    I was only trying to flush ye all out.

     

     

    Didnt really work…or did it ;)

  8. PARK ROAD 67 on 11TH AUGUST 2017 3:21 PM

     

    AULDHEID

     

     

    Great choice of anthem !!

     

     

    *much prefer Beat It by MJ

  9. traditionalist88 on 11th August 2017 4:02 pm

     

     

    Roberts left out of Man City squad for opening weekend of the EPL

     

     

    HH

     

     

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    Come back where you’re wanted and loved, son.

     

     

    Straight up the road and take it out on Borat’s XI on Wednesday.

  10. How many players get a wage cut for being faithful (didn’t want to say loyal)? Step up Neymar.

  11. mike in toronto on

    WITS ….sorry, was in a meeting, so just saw your note .. BWCUWP and Cowiebhoy passed along your phone number… if its okay, I’ll ask P67 for your email, (or feel free to get mine)

     

     

    Cheers.

  12. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Trad88

     

     

    If you will remember, its me that has refused to pay to watch rigged football, not you.

     

    Im doing somersaults on the moral high ground, whereas you, are still happy to pay to be cheated.

     

    Do you recognise the difference?

  13. BIGRAILROADBLUES on 11TH AUGUST 2017 4:55 PM

     

    Scullybhoy, 4.43.

     

     

    My opinion has always been that J.E.McGrory is the greatest player to don the wonderful hoops. Thanks for posting. BRB

     

     

    *and a better manager than we are led tae believe,

     

     

    Saved us fae relegation in 1948, signed Charles Patrick, Bertie Peacock, Bobby Collins, Willie Fernie, Neilly Mochan and of coarse the Big Mhan, converted Bobby Evans fae a forward tae right half and then centre half, as well as signing the mainstay of the Big Cup.

     

     

    Won the Scottish Cup twice including a double with the St Mungo Trophy and the first League and Cup double in 40 years, 2 League Cups including “Oh Hampden in the sun” not forgetting the ‘said lizzie tae philip Cup” and took the club tae the semis of the SC in that glorious cup run of 1965.

     

     

    There were also 1 LC, 1 League and 4 SC runners up, he was also a SC runner up while managing Killie. Oh aye and suffering under the reign of Sir Bob.

     

     

    “Oh Jimmy McGrory, Oh Jimmy McGrory, Oh Jimmy McGrory the pride o’ Parkhead”. Still being sung in the 60’s.

  14. bigrailroadblues on

    Tontime Tim 5.34

     

    Thanks for the reply. I met the great man when he signed my copy of “Lifetime in Paradise”. Lovely, unassuming fellow. “I was just lucky son, I played for the Celtic”. Aye, right, lucky 510 times. BRB.

  15. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    Astana won today’s rescheduled away game against 2nd bottom team Aktobe 3-0 with a first half o.g and 2nd half goals from Kabananga and Grahovac.

  16. EMBRAMIKE SUPPORTING RES 12 on 11TH AUGUST 2017 5:55 PM

     

     

    Astana won today’s rescheduled away game against 2nd bottom team Aktobe 3-0 with a first half o.g and 2nd half goals from Kabananga and Grahovac.

     

     

    *for all the loonie Tims out there, our game next Wednesday is live in TSN 4