Suker, Uefa and regionalisation


Croatian hero of the 1990s, Davor Suker, currently Croatian Football Federation president, is campaigning for a place on the Uefa Executive Committee, one of 12 people chasing 7 places.

Sukor has been campaigning across south-eastern Europe, with a simple message: collapse the cream from the national leagues of 13 countries into one powerful 42-team regional league structure.  He has support across the region, including Turkey and the former Yugoslav countries.

Smaller countries across Europe have realised that they must regionalise or accept a future of irrelevance.  The Gazprom-funded deal between the Ukrainian and Russian regional league floundered at the onset or war but regionalisation is not going away.  We need innovative campaigners like Suker to rise to positions of authority, replace the ranks of the incompetent and talentless.

Well done to newco for rewarding those who used their media outlets to campaign relentlessly on their behalf in recent years with a seat in the directors’ box on Tuesday.  I’m sure David Leggat deserved the accolade of being the only mainstream media journo so honoured, which is quite something.  New season lamb is in stock early this year.

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  1. Eddie



    Some Bhoy!



    I have a spare for cqn11 that needs a good home.



    Paul67 – Hoopy to donate it to a good home if you have anyone in mind?



    HH jamesgang

  2. Scotland, Ireland, the Benelux countries, the Scandanavian countries, Switzerland & Portugal should form a western European league.


    Hope Suker is successful, its the best way forward for teams big teams in small countries

  3. eddieinkirkmichael on

    If football goes down the road Suker advocates it will hasten it’s demise IMO, the teams left behind in national leagues will be even more vunerable and those clubs who do get an invite will be at the mercy of the Billionaires and Oligarks(how do you spell that?) of this world. Our sport would be in danger of following the likes of American Football down the road to franchises that are bought and sold/moved at the whim of the rich.



    Not in my name I’m afraid.


    Down with that sort of thing ;)

  4. Cheltenham NON- Runners So Far





    7 The Tullow Tank








    4 Closing Ceremony








    23 Bobcatbilly

  5. F.A.B. Virgil (WATRC) on




    In case you missed my offer on the last thread






    You’ve got loadsa time post game to catch your flight. As I live near the airport I can offer you the chance to dump your bags in my motor pre game and drop you at the airport post game if you were interested? I’m assuming there is only 2 of you?




  6. Thursday 12 Mar 2015


    The strange case of Rangers and the Prophet Mohammed cartoon






    So, as Rangers’ incoming chairman Dave King gets his feet under the table, one of the club’s non-executive directors has (or has not) given him something interesting and perhaps urgent to think about.



    12 rangersDaveKing g w The strange case of Rangers and the Prophet Mohammed cartoonRangers Chairman Dave King



    Let me declare an interest. The man concerned is called Chris Graham and he represents the Rangers Supporters Trust. He and I have known each other for some time and it’s a relationship built solidly on un-mutual respect.



    I respect him as someone who has stood up for Rangers and spoken out in their defence when not so many others would. We have enjoyed a sandwich and the sofa of the STV studio to discuss the club as some may recall.



    I like the guy. And he thinks I am a berk.



    For those new to the story it appears he sent a tweet at the time of the Charlie Hebdo slaughter, to the well-known Islamic activist Anjem Choudary. It included a drawing of the Prophet Mohamed in what I am legally obliged to call an explicit image of a gay sex act.



    The drawing bore the slogan of the day: “Je suis Charlie”.



    This has caused some outrage in certain quarters by people who may well be more interested in stirring up an anti-Rangers storm than being affronted at the gross insult to Islam.



    There is a perfectly reasonable argument however that Chris is simply championing the freedom of speech that Charlie Hebdo – and many more of us – hold dear, and to that extent he is to be applauded not attacked.



    You cannot have and eat your gateau when it comes to Charlie Hebdo and free speech. If you believe in it you defend his action – up to a point.



    Personally I was never Charlie Hebdo.



    The whole point is that most news organisations and publishers and let’s face it almost all of us, are not and never were Charlie Hebdo. Almost all of us did not publish such images, either from fear or the desire not to offend for no great reason. Charlie Hebdo demonstrably did.



    They were not us. Nor we, them.



    It is because nous ne sommes pas Charlie, that Charlie stood out and got attacked. That’s the sad but real point of it all.



    But Charlie did what they did openly, honestly and put their real name to it all for better or worse: publish and be damned. Genuine free speech is dangerous.



    But Chris, unlike Charlie, appears to have disguised himself as the sender. He has not been available for comment, unlike Charlie. He has now restricted his Twitter account from public view. Vraiment – Christophe n’est pas Charlie.



    Further, the tweet appeared to feature a representation of the prophet. This representation seems designed to be almost the most offensive image possible.



    We can all think of even more offensive images – but it takes some effort to be honest.



    Further, using homosexuality with the intent of causing insult is unarguably homophobic and emphatically so.



    This will seem to many a gratuitous act at a time when millions were content with the slogan of Je Suis Charlie – however flawed it might be.



    So no, as a brave act of free speech it does not stand scrutiny.



    As an idiotic outburst of what looks like religious hatred and bigotry – very, very like it – it is hard to beat. To say nothing of homophobia – although I just have…



    And that is what Rangers Football Club of all institutions in Scotland needs to reflect upon urgently and very carefully given its notorious history of religious bigotry.



    True, Chris – in my experience a soft-spoken and likeable bloke – was not on the board at the time and perhaps never expected to be there.



    Equally, does one ludicrous outburst amount to any case that the man is a virulent anti-Islamic religious bigot and homophobe?



    I say not, and I have no reason to believe he is, and am happy to write that.



    But he did willingly put himself forward as a voice for fans and runs a prominent website. Of all clubs, of all institutions, of all cultures – Rangers really could do without the continued spectre of religious bigotry and homophobia, just at its current point of possible recovery.



    Should Chris Graham remain as a director? Yes. We all do stupid things and this was before his time at the club in an official capacity.



    But he should step up right now and so should Dave King – this needs an apology from Chris personally and fulsomely without qualification, and the club needs to distance itself from any whiff of religious intolerance and homophobia for reasons that hardly need explaining.



    They have already said that they are investigating.



    There lads – you have my defence – best you make yours now and fast.

  7. charliebhoy


    12:38 on


    12 March, 2015


    Hi from side in turkey



    Enjoying this weather?.

  8. Bawsman




    12:37 on 12 March, 2015




    Do STV and this version of Rangers still have a pact?



    Maybe Not officially, Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut :)))))) their silence and reasons for silence i.e Sevco hivnae said anything is going on ,would lead me to think otherwise.





    A fantastic offer from you.

  9. charliebhoy



    Hi from side in turkey






    get yourself on a bus and visit Batman



    Another yabancı -)))

  10. F.A.B. Virgil (WATRC),



    Excellent gesture in assisting CliftonCelt out. I know as a parent travelling with bhoys to games how tricky these things can be.



    When I fly over to games I’m like that family from the Fast Show who run around manically bogged down with luggage.




    PS Well done mickybho1888 also.



    Fast Show CSC.



    Árd Macha

  11. That he hasn’t boosted or been boosted yet says an awful


    lot about New Davies





    The spin on this wan wull be guid.

  12. mullet and co 2 on

    For regionalisation to work you need promotion and relegation based on coefficient. This would still mean those nations with a better coefficient do better. Gives smaller sides a better chance but not the same as 40 year old European border driven competitions.

  13. STV…………………………………….



    Re …………………. Chris Graham…………………….



    =………………………….. the sound of silence





  14. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Well done to newco for rewarding those who used their media outlets to campaign relentlessly on their behalf in recent years with a seat in the directors’ box




    They’re gonna need a bigger directors box!


    Surprised Leckie accepted – him being a – ahem – “St Mirren” fan……

  15. Looks like the backup plan of having to beat Motherwell in the playoffs isn’t gonna happen as Hibs should stuff Sevco before that.



    16 team league seems like the next logical proposal for the good of Scottish football.

  16. gorbalstam



    08:30 on 12 March, 2015



    Yes every Monday & Wednesday at 7pm.



    Hard shift last night, up and down the stairs at the Celtic end as a warm up!




  17. FAB Virgil.


    Yeah. Just me and my son.


    Incredibly kind offer. I don’t want to put you out. You have put me at ease when you say I have plenty of time after the game. And the journey to the airport is not a long one !! So I don’t mind arranging a taxi.


    So generous of you. It never ceases to amaze the helpfulness and comraderie among the Celtic family.


    If I need your assistance I will not hesitate to avail of your generosity.


    Thank you.

  18. The BNPs stance on Cwis Gwaham,the wee “Silly Billy”




    The Religion of Permanent Outrage


    Wed, 11/03/2015 – 21:30


    Share this


    Breaking news for the people who love their football but bury their heads in the sand when it comes to politics.



    When Muslim savages killed those 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, the repulsive Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary posted a message on Twitter saying “freedom of expression does not extend to insulting the prophets of Allah, whatever your views on the events in Paris today!”



    A chap called Chris Graham replied by sending a cartoon depicting the prophet Mohammed engaged in an explicit homosexual act with the message “you probably won’t like this one then.”



    Mr Graham was appointed as a non-executive director at Rangers Football Club on Tuesday and suddenly the Muslims are offended again.



    An investigation has started and the media are already castigating Mr Graham.



    Let’s hope the world of football doesn’t lose one of its most hardworking officials just 24 hours into his new role, simply because the BBC and other Muslim-appeasing news agencies pander to the Religion of Permanent Outrage.



    And let’s hope the fans of British football start to realise that unless they start voting BNP, then their world



    No Neganon,thats B N P.

  19. Sheik Yerbouti



    12:45 on 12 March, 2015



    One of my regrets surrounding the collapse of the huns is that it was Alex Thomson rather than Michael Crick who decided to get involved.

  20. Burgas Hoops


    12:49 on


    12 March, 2015





    Hi from side in turkey






    get yourself on a bus and visit Batman



    Another yabancı -)))



    Nae boozers up there.Full of Hadjis.

  21. Bawsman





    12:14 on



    12 March, 2015





    We’ve laughed at the ‘banter’ (all of my 57 on the planet) but we have been subjected to institutional racism for decades.



    Chris Graham and his fellow ‘fans’ have been wading knee deep, tramping up and down our streets, with bands, live on public media, shoving their racist, sectarian bile right in our faces………………….Yet one tweet against another Faith and BOOOOOM!!!!!!!



    *absolutely correct……we have the leader of a congregation of 1.2 billion being the subject of a sectarian sexist joke by a prominent football official on his company (a company funded by tax pounds) IP address and all is well until the Catholic Church in Scotland objected.



    The perpetrator of this ‘joke” becomes the sacrificial lamb, although others were involved, he calls for a strike ably abetted by the MSM especially a wee ‘buddie” who stood at Glasgow Airport encouraging guest officials to turn back.



    For once Regan grew a pair and hunted him from his office as he begged for his job back saying he would end the strike, although he should have went further and had him hunted from his UEFA position.



    We, CFC, are paying for this, at home and in Europe, although we had nothing to do with it. This indeed is naked sectarianism and racism based on the founding of the club.



    I blame the MSM, the authorities both football and government for what is now happening and what may be unleashed. They have all stood back and let them, the hun, do, say and sing what they like giving them a false sense of entitlement.



    I live in a country where the largest city was at one time run by the LOL, not anymore as the world has moved on and so have Ontarians, that is except the best wee bigoted country in the world.



    They will reap what they sew.

  22. bournesouprecipe on

    ‘Stuart (nine in a row legend) McCall will be assisted by Richard (nine in a row legend) Gough and Andy (nine in a row legend) Goram’






    p.s. If you’re a Raingurs (nine in a row legend) and would like to volunteer to help Stuart (nine in a row legend) McCall please phone the Big Hoose pronto.

  23. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    New season lamb


    Weefra will be after you 8))

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