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The evidence is in, you have been cheated

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There is so much material to wade through as a result of the excellent BBC documentary, Rangers – The men who sold the jerseys.  Much of it is of only passing interest to us, although we will examine it in more detail in the days to come, one part, however, concerns Celtic and Celtic fans more any anyone else in Scotland.

BBC have evidence that the following players had side letters contracting payment to Employee Benefit Trusts:

Alex Rae, Arthur Numan, Barry Ferguson, Carlos Cuellar, Christian Nerlinger, Craig More, Dado Prso, Dan Eggen, Egil Ostenstad, Fernando Ricksen, Gavin Rae, Gregory Vignal, Jean-Alain Boumsong, Jerome Bonnissel, Julien Rodriguez, Kris Boyd, Lorenzo Amoruso, Kevin Muscat, Libor Sionko, Marvin Andrews, Michael Ball, Mikel Arteta, Michael Mols, Nacho Novo, Paolo Vanoli, Pedro Mendes, Neil McCann, Olivier Bernard, Peter Lovenkrands, Ronald De Boer, Sasa Papac, Ronald Waterreus, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Stefan Klos, Steven Davis, Steven Thompson, Thomas Buffel and Zurab Khizanishvilli

The BBC list a large number of other Rangers players and non-playing staff who benefited from EBTs but they have no documentary evidence of side letters.

Scottish FA registration procedures are clear:

Rule 2.2.1

Unless lodged in accordance with Procedures Rule 2.13 a Non-Recreational [professional]Contract Player Registration Form will not be valid unless it is accompanied by the contract entered into between the club concerned and the player stating all the terms and conditions in conformity with the Procedures Rule 4.

“Will not be valid” being the key point.

The SFA’s Articles of Association also say:

Furthermore, all payments, whether made by the club or otherwise, which are to be made to a player solely relating to his playing activities must be fully recorded within the relevant written agreement with the player prior to submission to this Association and/or the recognised football body of which his club is in membership.

Article 98 states:

A club making payment of any kind to a player, either amateur or professional, must obtain from the player a written receipt for the same showing details of the payment, and any club under the jurisdiction of the Association must produce such receipts to the Association when called upon to do so. For a player registered by means of a Full Professional Form, a club must produce on request receipts for the wages paid to him in terms of his agreement lodged with the Association.

Documentary evidence exists that Rangers played 38 players with invalid registrations between 2000 and 2010 (the last year financial information is available for Rangers) .  Results from all games involving these players, which is all games Rangers have played since 2000, are void.

I am sure the BBC will forward all evidence to the SFA and SPL for investigation.

You were cheated out of five league championships.  Fortunately, evidence exists and the history books will be rewritten.

The SFA and SPL must immediately take action.  A statement must be made this morning reflecting the gravity of the situation and reassuring fans that our game’s administrators are able to deal with this matter.

12-in-a-row!  Who would have thought it!

Just a quick comment on Juninho. Juninho had an EBT for a short period while he was at Celtic. He had no side letters or contracts from Celtic and tax was paid on money paid into the EBT. ‘Nothing to see here’.

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  1. It made it onto the national on the beeb @ 11:30. Tomorrow….? I doubt it,unless someone gets nicked or takes a mad turn and confesses all.

     

    Right now,for the beneficiaries of all the jubbly,’omerta’ is the code de jour!

     

    : ))))

  2. For people who do not normally pay close attention to the twists and turns of the current crisis in Scottish Football (the vast majority of the Scottish public probably) this program will have brought the whole sordid illegal tax evasion money scam to the fore and this is what the major impact has been all about. The SFA, SPL et al cannot brush this under the carpet now and dismiss complaints from a few internet celtic supporting bampots. The cat is well and truly out of the bag. Anyone connected to Scottish Football will have to do the right thing and the logical conclusion is the demise of the old RFC.

  3. Jeg er Neil Lennon-Greeninbingley on

    This will build. It’s in with the bricks.

     

    The web goes as far back as Souness, Greig and Advocaat. And Walter? Everyone else in the building was scarfing off megabucks thanks to the tax cheat scheme. Except Walter.

     

    Nah. Don’t think so. He has proved his integrity by abandoning his country to return to his one true love.

     

    “There is an air of Protestant superiority here,” he said, dreamily, and without a trace of irony. No-one in the Scottish press found that statement strange.

     

    So, Walda, did you have an EBT? Yes/No. If yes, how much did you make from it?

     

    Simple questions. I could answer them. So could you. Why won’t he? Has anyone asked him?

  4. Rascar Capac on

    Sandman

     

     

    Absolutely brilliant!

     

     

    Loved their reactions to Prince Albert… Pure pantomime.

     

     

    Laughing all over again.

  5. Sandman Is Neil Lennon on 24 May, 2012 at 01:13 said:

     

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    Great stuff! It reeks of steroids and homophobia……and it would be comedy gold except they are serious…which makes it tragedy.

     

    Even the wee voices tryin’ to interject Some realism into the rants get slapped down like the smaller and more clever kids in the playground gettin’ mashed up by the big I.Q. deficient orcs with anger issues.

     

    Can we deport them to The Shankhill where they belong and where they’d get a right wake-up call.

     

    Evil,hurtin’ huns. Nasty,nasty,nasty.

  6. Raymac, thanks for your insight. Any chance someone could throw me a lifebelt?

     

     

    I’ve read Paul’s addendum and that more than covers us for any HMRC problem and the fact it comes from such a source sets my mind at ease, a little. According to the BBC Celtic admit to paying Juninho through an EBT that was not declared to the SFA. How could he have been eligible to play, surely this falls foul of the rules we hope to apply to rangers and for exactly the same reasons regardless of legality.

     

     

    We’ve all seen the machinations to keep them in the league so I’m worried but I’m heartened the consensus is we’ve nothing to worry about.

  7. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    What I really enjoyed about the docu was the presentation was deliberately made for the stupid to follow.

     

    Even stupid huns got it

     

    :oD))))

  8. Sandman Is Neil Lennon on 24 May, 2012 at 01:13 said:

     

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    Best of the lot is the plaintive plea:

     

     

    “forensic accountant is there such a thing!!”

     

     

    You can almost see his confused, contorted coupon as he batters the keyboard.

  9. Paul Baxendale Walker – pornographer, struck off lawyer, EBT king and the last man in the UK to smoke a pipe, what a guy!

  10. suttons volley on

    Evening gents

     

     

    Let’s not get too excited about this evenings transmission, but it did show to an extent what we have been up against.

     

     

    In my humble opinion it only scraped the surface. The house of deceipt and vulgar is only now realising that it’s no longer immune and that karma is on the horizon.

     

     

    Be safe all Celts as our asbo neighbours are in a state of reality they have never had to deal with before.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    The best is yet to come

  11. Quickdraw on 24 May, 2012 at 01:39 said:

     

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    Have you not read all the posts? If the masonic tendency msm types had the merest hint of a sniff of a whiff about Celtic wrongdoing we would be front page,stop press,exclusive,hung drawn and quartered, and be shot at dawn after we had stakes through our hearts until the streets ran green with our blood.

     

    Sleep easy.

     

    They are the ones in a panic.

     

    So,why are you worried?

  12. Rascar Capac on

    Porno king, eyes permanently dancing, gets a call from the BBC.

     

     

    Will you give us an interview?

     

     

    You betcha! Oh and ahm goanae smoke ma pipe and sell some scud books.

     

     

    Rangers? Who gives a f@@k about them.

     

     

    Let’s talk about me again.

  13. Decent effort tonight by BBC. Some great stuff.

     

     

    Poorly edited however. Littlle sense of narrative.

     

     

    Mark is great journalist but he needs guiding!!

  14. Fortunes Favour Mibbes on

    :)) Aye, was a hun friendly exercise.

     

     

    Look, stupid huns, can we make it any more clearer….?

     

     

    Cue zombie death threats to Mark Daly.

  15. suttons volley on

    Italia Bhoy

     

     

    Poorly edited?

     

     

    In my eye it’s a step forward that it was on cooncil telly for all to see.

     

     

    think of it that way bud.

     

     

    HH

  16. The ironic thing about the EBT scheme is, technically the players/employees are the ones who should have paid tax on the monies received, but in the end, it is Rangers who are facing a huge bill to HMRC for the ouststanding tax.

     

     

    So Rangers’ greed is coming back to bite them in a very big way. They chose not to deduct tax from the payments and submit it to HMRC, so in the end, they have to pay it out of their own funds, in theory at least, leaving the employees to reap the financial rewards.

     

     

    Yet still Rangers people who received payment through an EBT do not appear to be volunteering to pay Rangers the tax due to help them meet the tax bill. They shout loud about injustice and “people out to get Rangers” but I don’t hear any of them putting their hands in their pockets and offering the tax due on the EBT payments.

  17. Spiers appears to lay the “Craig Whyte is a billionaire” myth at the “internet”

     

     

    No, Graeme, is was your mates at the DR.

  18. suttons…

     

     

    Nah, all the stuff was there, but the story was mangled IMHO. Editing is an art. Mark Daly is a superb journalist, but the production failed the material IMHO.

  19. Rascar Capac on

    Poorly edited?

     

     

    Well I don’t know much about that, but I enjoyed the show.

     

     

    I would guess it was put together at the last moment, as the story changes every day.

     

     

    A good effort in my opinion.

  20. Rascar… everything is about story. All the stuff was there but it was poorly put together I feel.

     

     

    Massive step forward, yes. But a wee bit disappointing.

     

     

    And what was the point of Sammy? BBC obliged to include f***ing morons in programmes now?

  21. suttons volley on

    Decent point I suppose I.B I just think it’s a miracle that the evils are being criticised in public, in my lifetime its an eye opener.

     

     

    A show that hints at what we have all been saying for years? am late 20’s and never thought we would see it mainstrem. Honest mate every step is a mile.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    the tip of the iceberg

  22. Fortunes Favour Mibbes on

    Aye, Britney was careful to stop short of saying, “Aye, we hun fecks owe an apology to you all…but you’ll STILL need to wait.”.

     

     

    Cheer’s Graeme. Means a lot, coming from the closest to Mainstream journalism in the Scottish footbaw meeja, that you still can’t face the full truth.

     

     

    But I do appreciate your honesty (including 3 weeks ago on Radio Scotland) re Minty’s control of the mainstream meeja, and how he tried to get you sacked from the Herald. Was that a success? How long were you at the Herald after that, bearing in mind you couldn’t quite remeber the year either on Radio Shortbread or several weeks later on BBC1.

     

     

    Somanyimplications CSC

  23. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    QUICKDRAW

     

     

    No side letter existed,the contract was properly registered,and underpaid tax resulting from the EBT was paid WITHIN the relevant tax year.

     

     

    We inherited the situation,we did NOT initiate it,and we put a stop to it ASAP.

     

     

    Celtic have nothing to worry about. I cannot say the same for Boro….

  24. Rascar Capac on

    ItaliaBhoy

     

     

    I like you saying “story”, rather than “the story”.

     

     

    Reminds me of my scriptwriting lecturer, always emphasising story.

     

     

    And he was right.

     

     

    As you are.

  25. suttons volley on 24 May, 2012 at 02:11 said:

     

     

    I agree… great journalism and groundbreaking. As a telly professional, I am critical of the story-telling (I would have the Duff and Phelps stuff right up at the top).

     

     

    And I wouldn’t have had “Sammy the Hun Moron” on – what can the run-of-the-mill pond life Hun add to this film?

     

     

    Nor would I have bothered with Spiers – totally discredited now…

     

     

    But the journalism is unimpeachable.

  26. Tom McLaughlin on 24 May, 2012 at 01:59 said:

     

    The ironic thing about the EBT scheme is, technically the players/employees are the ones who should have paid tax on the monies received, but in the end, it is Rangers who are facing a huge bill to HMRC for the ouststanding tax.

     

     

    So Rangers’ greed is coming back to bite them in a very big way. They chose not to deduct tax from the payments and submit it to HMRC, so in the end, they have to pay it out of their own funds, in theory at least, leaving the employees to reap the financial rewards.

     

     

    Yet still Rangers people who received payment through an EBT do not appear to be volunteering to pay Rangers the tax due to help them meet the tax bill. They shout loud about injustice and “people out to get Rangers” but I don’t hear any of them putting their hands in their pockets and offering the tax due on the EBT payments.

     

     

    Rangers owe PAYE on all payments, your tax is deducted at source unless you are self employed. Hence why rangers owe tax on top of all payments they made through EBT’s

  27. timbhoy in spain on

    Hollie Smokie Pokie on 24 May, 2012 at 02:26 said:

     

     

    Exactly my point amigo.If someone offers you “x” amount of money you´re gonna takeit aint cha ? It´s their problem.

  28. RalphWaldoEllison-is Neil Lennon Season 2011-12 on

    Knackered so haven’t read back every post, but..

     

     

    Ref Juninho and our EBT and the SFA

     

     

    Brian Quinn apparently stopped it and reported the issue to HMRC.

     

    As for games being forfeit, how many games did he actually play for us and is there any evidence anywhere that we did not reveal this to the SFA.

     

     

    Scale and intent is the issue.

     

    One player with a lack of evidence most likely (US)

     

    AND

     

    53 documented players and personal statements,

     

    with many others with no documentary evidence at this stage.(THEM)

     

     

    Thank you Paul for a truly prodigious effort today.

     

     

    All the internet bampots need to be praised, but for those of us who have been reading your blogs and your revelations – you should have a degree in Bampottery from St Andrews University.

     

     

    An honorary degree for your services to Scottish Football and the public good.

     

    Or maybe a knighthood, now there’s a thing. ;-)

     

     

    Rest and have a lie in (on Saturday)

     

    HH

  29. Rascar Capac on

    Timbhouy

     

     

    Still here, but nothing much to say.

     

     

    Can’t leave you on yer own, so give me a wee bit of wisdom from Spain.