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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. Paul67 et al

     

     

    Number of problems here. One the SFA has already dismissed the recent Supreme Court decision in favour of HMRC.(“…..very limited chance of the SFA succeeding in relation to any complaint regarding this matter) And two, I fear that you have misplaced your faith in the SPFL, an organisation which briefed a QC to advise them that there should not be “further disciplinary proceedings taken by the SPFL”. The same QC who viewed a SC decision as having made no “sufficient difference” to “the same matter”. The same QC who in point 18 of his summary dismisses the possibility that RFC be held “indirectly liable by virtue of the 5 Way Agreement” on the grounds that “Oldco was not in breach of the SPL rules and cannot be in breach of an SPFL rule”. So where and what is the “prima facie” evidence you speak of being “presented by your own league”? What evidence are the SPFL bringing to the party?

  2. Bhoys

     

     

    Thanks for posting the stuff on Jimmy McGrory.

     

    I love to read stuff like this.

     

    Here’s my wee story….

     

     

    Years ago, around 40, I would have been around 8. My Da used to collect the tickets for our CSC for the big games from Celtic Park direct.

     

    Anyway, I loved going with him.You never knew who you would see round about the park.

     

    This particular day , I went as did an elderly neighbour, Tommy Finnegan.

     

    My Dad was doing the usual ‘ friendly’ arguing with Jim Kennedy about the size of our allocation and me and Tommy were just taking in the surroundings.

     

    Anyway, my Dad finished and I noticed he was talking to and elderly gentleman that I didn’t recognise.

     

    He brought the auld guy over to Tommy.

     

    ‘ you’ll recognise this man Tommy’ he said as the auld guy reached out to shake Tommy’s hand.

     

    It was the legendary McGrory.

     

    Tommy’s face lit up as he shook his hand .

     

    Then he promptly burst into tears!

     

     

    At an early age I got a glimpse at how Jimmy McGrory was regarded by that generation of the support.

     

     

    What a player he must have been

     

     

    God bless u Jimmy McGrory of Celtic!

  3. There’s not much that gets me even slightly annoyed. However, Laurie fae Denniston “Last season was a yawn…!!!!!!” Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  4. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Pot Cierto @ 11:14 – very well put sir.

     

     

    A few fellow Celts on here questioning the board’s passion.

     

     

    Understandable to some extent given the lack of bluster from them.

     

     

    It may be the case though that the board members are just as passionate as the fans but not quite as hot blooded?

     

     

    Respectfully, some of us would do well to reflect on the parable of the old bull and the young bull !

     

     

    Hail hail

  5. Bhoyjoebelfast on

    David Healy( yes him) on local TV said ” He would like Linfield to be the CELTIC of the Irish league”.He would like his team to win all in front of them,still it won’t go down well in certain circles.

     

    Score tonight 3 nothing.

  6. 50 shades of green on

    So far I’m naught for 4 in picking the hoops starting eleven, so here we go 5 in a row.

     

     

    Craigie G

     

     

    Tony Ralston

     

    Big Mick

     

    Jozo

     

    KT

     

     

    Broonie

     

    CMcg

     

    Ollie

     

    Sinky

     

     

    Tom R

     

     

    Griff.

     

     

    4 nil to the Bhoys

     

     

    H.H

  7. A message to all hun lurkers….

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    …mind the gap!

  8. Zbyszek on 11th August 2017 6:22 pm

     

     

    hope Brendan’s watching it

     

     

    C.O.Y.B.I.G.

     

     

    HH

  9. STARTING XI: Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Bitton, Tierney; Ntcham, Brown, McGregor; Forrest, Sinclair, Hayes

     

     

    SUBS: De Vries, Ajer, Ralston, Armstrong, Rogic, Benyu, Griffiths

  10. Bhoyjoebelfast on

    Oh what a gap

     

    39 points behind

     

    not a trophy to be had.

     

    Tune; oh what a night…Four seasons .

  11. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    Today’s starting line up v Jags ko 7:45pm

     

    Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Bitton, Tierney, Forrest, Ntcham, Brown, McGregor, Sinclair, Hayes

     

    Subs: De Vries, Ajer, Ralston, Armstrong, Rogic, Benyu, Griffiths

  12. In The Weege this weekend. Time to make my way to The Rock and hook up with my wee pal Jim The Tim for a few pints of the black stuff and view the game.

     

     

    ‘Mon The Hoops!!

  13. Drinks line-up for tonight;

     

     

    6 Stella, 4 ciders and a bottle of Grenache.

     

     

    On the bench;

     

     

    McCallan 10 year old.

     

     

    A well oiled team i’m sure you’ll agree.

  14. bigrailroadblues on

    Burghbhoy 6.02

     

    My Great Uncle (1915-2005) seen Jimmy at his pomp. Reckoned only Henrik matched him in ability, bravery and sheer naked aggression on a football park. Thanks for posting. BRB.

  15. GENE on 11TH AUGUST 2017 6:55 PM

     

    Dallas

     

     

    Was really surprised that BT hired the head Gardner – he’s soiled goods

     

     

    ###

     

     

    The huns won’t like him any more than they like Butcher, so you’d wonder at it.

  16. Not the least bit surprised BT hired Super Salary.

     

     

    One season of Chris Sutton decimating the Sevconian populist view

     

    was already way too much for Zombie Zombie.

  17. mike in toronto on

    Ernie

     

     

    my sense is that the zombies are in full on denial mode … like ‘who killed JR?’, the last several years didn’t actually happen … they were never liquidated, they were not in the lower divisions, Sally was never their manager … so, since they were never dead, he was never their crappy manager, and they have no reason to hate him…

  18. I am not remotely a violent type. But that grandstanding, imbecile called Laurie or Lawrie who calls Radio Clyde on a periodic basis really could turn me into an axe murderer I reckon.

  19. Breaking news.

     

     

    Sevco have won one league game in a row !

     

     

    Radio Clyde is an embarassment of a broadcaster. Helped by numbskull morons such as that Lawrie guy.

  20. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Neil Francis on tomorrow’s Hibs game gets asked when we’re you last at Ibrox

     

     

    “The year they liquidated”

     

     

    :-) :-) :-)

  21. BT presenter shifts uncomfortably as the Head Gardener man-speads into her personal space.

     

     

    Euwww!!

  22. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Gene , Sally is a nae use nuthin fae naewhere that knows hee haw about hee haw .

     

     

    His behaviour while hn assistant then that when he was Sevco boss should see him excluded from football completely .

     

     

    A horrible creature

  23. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    Celtic are working on bringing in a player.

     

    Rodgers: “We hope we can get something done before the Astana game.”

     

    The deadline for signing a player before the Astana tie is Tuesday night 11pm for the two legs.

  24. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Burnley 78, I heard that Lawrie character on Clyde a few times years ago .

     

     

    I wish he was put on a lorry and taken to the Gobi desert or he falls off a lorry

  25. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Burnley78

     

     

    Just heard Neil on radio, must have been from his press conference today

  26. Listening to radio Scotland for my sins,he said he was looking forward to going back to play big games,whoever there associated to