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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. Paul Baxendale Walker looked like he had just won third place in a Donald Findlay lookalike competition.

     

     

    My take on it? BBC only put in what they could absolutely prove in a court of law. There will have been reams of stuff left out.

     

     

    So some people aren’t named as EBT recipients? Hmmmm…. look at the wider pattern of evidence and draw your own conclusions on that.

     

     

    This is cheating on an industrial scale. British sport has never seen anything like it.

  2. An EBT 11

     

     

    Wattereus

     

     

    Bonissel Eggen Malcolm Petilla

     

     

    Capucho Alex Rae Nerlinger Vanoli

     

     

    Ostenstad Nieto

     

     

    What a team that was, worth risking the very existence of your club, eh Dave ?!

  3. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on 24 May, 2012 at 06:58 said:

     

     

     

    When do Celtic get all those trophies back?

     

     

    Hand them over cheating scum.

     

     

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    It’s gonna require a very skilled engraver to turn ‘Cheats 11’ in to Celtic FC but I think it can be done. I’d be happy with a big score through their name just by way of reminder.

     

     

    Expulsion with immediate effect is what I want.

     

     

    Get it done before Newco, promote second from each division below, get a junior team in to Div 3. (Hey a man can dream)

  4. re Paul67’s leader……….

     

     

    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!

     

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    Twice during that period I bet on Celtic to win the league and lost the bet, total amount £1,000, who do I go to for compensation?

     

     

    Hx2

  5. Charles Patrick Tully on

    Is tbere a reason why Mr no second name and sally was not in tbe Ebt list. Is there a part ii from the BBC.

  6. Anyone else notice the rancurs supporters room when being interviewed?

     

    Just all TFOD memorabilia not a White horse or red hand in sight.

     

     

    I wonder why the bouncy bouncy shirt was hung over his mirror to cover it. Are they that scared of their own reflection? Or maybe there was something printed on it?

     

    Hahahahahahahaha.

     

     

    Great stuff last night

  7. Top of the morning to you all from sunny Fife.

     

     

    MattE on 24 May, 2012 at 00:42 said:

     

     

    Gutted for Ally and Walter

     

    Working honestly and with dignity over all these seasons and all those sneaky players and back room staff were taking dodgy payments behind their backs.

     

    It’s Disgusting that 2 heroes have been treated so shabbily.

     

    ……………………………….

     

    Absolutely shocking that these two fine upstanding citizens–both are honoured in the website Famous Scottish Freemasons–have been duped by those they employed and those who employed them.

     

     

    Time for an enquiry into the scandal of the Honest Two Who Never Knew.

  8. So nI don’t buy the rags but from reading other forums it seems that the main focus is on D&P while the years of systematic cheating merit only a comment or two. Oh dear.

  9. nice pleasant morning…

     

    Even sunny in bridgeton….well it was as my train stopped there….

  10. blantyretim on 24 May, 2012 at 07:29 said:

     

     

     

    nice pleasant morning…

     

    Even sunny in bridgeton….well it was as my train stopped there….

     

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    Good, they don’t like day light. Should keep them in their beds until well past their normal 1PM rise………

  11. sixtaeseven: No NewClub in SPL and it's Non-Negotiable! on

    Morning all from gay Paree, the good weather’s back (forecast is 27C max).

     

     

    As you say, Paul, the evidence is in, and it is damning.

     

     

    However, a quick browse thru the on-line editions of the papers this morning shows that their main focus is Duph and Ffelps. They are still purposely avoiding the main point: the years of corruption and cheating!

     

     

    The EBT Beneficiaries Table posted by the BBC is incredible:

     

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-18148818

     

     

    There are at least two other mugshots that I expected to see on there…

     

    I can only conclude that the list – massive as it is – is only partial.

     

    Hopefully, we will see the full list when Hector is ready.

     

     

    RFC(ia): Time to Pay the Wages of Sin

  12. Morning,

     

     

    The SFA/SPL better not sit in silence this morning.

     

     

    I wonder if Duff&Duffer will file it along with Craigy bhoys, we are still waiting on his.

     

     

    RANGERS administrators Duff & Phelps

     

    last night threatened to sue the BBC

     

    over claims a senior partner in the

     

    firm was aware of Craig Whyte’s

     

    scheme to buy Rangers using cash

     

    from the controversial Ticketus deal.

  13. Of the 63 Rangers employees that last

     

    night’s documentary claimed were

     

    paid through EBTs, the tables stated

     

    that Barry Ferguson received £2.5m,

     

    former manager Alex McLeish £1.7m,

     

    with others in the seven-figure

     

    bracket including Christian Nerlinger,

     

    on £1.8m, Michael Ball, on £1.4m,

     

    Ronald de Boer on £1.2m and Nacho

     

    Novo on £1.1m. Dozens of Scottish

     

    players also benefitted, including

     

    pundits Billy Dodds and Neil McCann,

     

    with the lowest sum recorded the

     

    £7,500 paid into an EBT on behalf of

     

    Steven Smith.

     

    The most intriguing beneficiary is

     

    former Rangers manager Graeme

     

    Souness. He was paid £30,000 in 2001,

     

    ten years after he left the club, and

     

    while he was manager of Blackburn

     

    Rovers. The programme alleged that

     

    HMRC believed this was an illegal

     

    payment related to Rangers

     

    midfielder Tugay Kerimoglu’s move

     

    to Blackburn five weeks later.

     

    Many of these players had side-letters

     

    detailing the appearance money and

     

    bonuses that were paid using EBTs,

     

    the programme set out. Murray

     

    himself has previously admitted that

     

    these payments were not disclosed to

     

    the football authorities because they

     

    were “discretionary”. However, both

     

    the SFA and SPL rules state that all

     

    payments to players relating to

     

    football activities must be lodged.

     

    If the BBC’s findings are correct, it

     

    raises the possibility that all Rangers’

     

    key players in the title successes of

     

    1999, 2000, 2003 and 2005, will have

     

    been improperly registered. With

     

    Steven Davis, Kris Boyd and Novo

     

    also on the BBC’s EBT list, the

     

    legitimacy of the title successes in

     

    2009, 2010 and 2011 would also come

     

    into question.

     

    The programme will raise fresh

     

    questions over the SPL’s 11-week

     

    investigation into possible non-

     

    disclosure of payments by Rangers

     

    between 1998 and 2010, conducted by

     

    legal firm Harper Macleod. The SPL

     

    issued a statement hours before the

     

    programme aired, which appeared to

     

    suggest that the assistance they

     

    require from Rangers to conduct their

     

    inquiry – which will lead to an

     

    independent commission determining

     

    sanctions if it is determined the Ibrox

     

    club has a case to answer – had not

     

    been forthcoming.

     

    “The investigation into the EBT

     

    payments made by Rangers FC is

     

    being actively pursued on behalf of

     

    the SPL,” said the SPL statement. “All

     

    relevant documents, materials and

     

    information have been sought from

     

    Rangers FC and we look forward to

     

    receiving full cooperation from the

     

    club and its administrators in

     

    providing everything that it and they

     

    have access to and which is required

     

    for the investigation to be completed.”

     

    Among the wide-ranging group of

     

    Ibrox officials who last night’s

     

    programme claims received EBTs,

     

    current SFA president Campbell

     

    Ogilvie appears an incongruous

     

    figure. Company secretary when the

     

    scheme was first implemented, he

     

    issue a statement denying any

     

    knowledge of it, beyond the £95,000

     

    sum he received through a trust. “I

     

    was not aware of which players

     

    received EBTs,” Mr Ogilvie said. “And,

     

    having been advised that the scheme

     

    was being operated in accordance

     

    with the regulations, I therefore did

     

    not raise any aspect of this with the

     

    Scottish FA.”

  14. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    Anyone else see a “not proven” verdict coming here?

  15. Morning All,

     

     

    Just how rank did you need to be NOT to be offered an ebt?? ;)

  16. Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning! on 24 May, 2012 at 07:50 said

     

     

    Anyone else see a “not proven” verdict coming here?

     

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    Celtic will be chargerd with forcing Rangers into disreputable behaviour by winning the European cup

  17. Hiya From a Clement Spring Morning in the Chilterns…

     

     

    Superb effort from P67 yesterday, rattling out excellent articles one after t’uther – His Blognessabounds.

     

     

    Well done Mark Daly – notice he didn’t mention Celtic or any other SPL/SFA culpability. No Gers indispensability, refreshing to see/hear/read a solid well researched BS free piece of journalism.

     

     

    However D&P should not be interupted!

  18. For every fiver Celtic put down I will put down eh no sorry let me get this right the Murray Group will put down , oops eh yes where was I oh yes the bank will put in a tenner and will continue to bankroll the club until they themselves are taken over and then the true state of the Murray group becomes apparent. Seems the TBOS had a few bampots working for them dishing out carte blanche to Murray to achieve his impossible Euro dream. Maybe they had EBT’s as well!

     

     

    Pablo

  19. Morning All, great stuff last night. But I have a question. If D&P are removed now, who would take over administration – could HMRC step in (and hopefully close them down)?

  20. Amazing that some broadsheets think that the threatened legal action of the administrators against the BBC is the top story to come out of last night. The Scotsman take a bow.

  21. Reading FF from last night, getting themselves excited re. Juninho’s EBT. Anyone who points out that we did nothing wrong is being accused of being a ‘yahoo’. Best line of the night though has to be…….

     

     

    Questions need to be asked about why they were getting advice from a guy coming from the Bank of England while we were getting ours from a porn star ffs!!!!

  22. Mullet and Co on

    Hello Prince Albert here!

     

    One thing I’m confused about is the wee tax case. Does this not cover a period back in 1999. Where these payments captured by the small tax case captured by the SFA?

     

    ON Souness there are 2 possibilities.

     

    1. It was a bung

     

    2. It was a withdrawal as a result of an EBT when he was employed by Rangers in the late eighties/ early nineties. Where EBTs operated at this time? If so were they declared in player contracts?

     

     

    I’m sure Mr Souness will be happy to answer these questions.

     

     

    i have a feeling there is more to come out.

     

    3.

  23. Morning all from a glorious North Ayrshire.

     

     

    I haven’t been able to get on since about 5.30 yesterday evening. No need really. I’m sure there are many happy Tims all over the world adding their tuppence worth to the glee.

     

     

    I watched the programme last night with a retired acquaintance. He had already informed me that he was a class mate of Brian Quinn at St Gerard’s. But as he was leaving, he let slip, almost diffidently, that he had been in Lisbon on that other glorious day. It got me thinking; most of those who made that pilgrimage must be getting on. (At least 2 of my Dad’s pals who went with him have died.) Wouldn’t it be an idea for Celtic to invite those remaining to a celebration at Celtic Park, sometime soon? I’m probably saying this because my auld Dad is 89 and might not make the Golden Jubilee.

     

     

    Anyway, now I’ll go back to read the joyful contributions that I’m sure make up the blog.

  24. Good morning CQNers,

     

     

    So, now we know the extent of the sheer hypocrisy of those involved in this scandal, but who the hell is going to resolve the myriad crimes and injustices?

     

     

    Paul67 wrote yesterday that he expects Doncaster to survive and with Paul’s track record you’ve gotta believe that’ll happen so has Doncaster the stomach to deliver?

     

     

    I’m not convinced

  25. Kayal 33 – “Questions need to be asked about why they were getting advice from a guy coming from the Bank of England while we were getting ours from a porn star ffs!!!! ”

     

     

    Brilliant, Absolutely brilliant.

  26. optimistic little soldier on

    Here’s the Hun team that played v Celtic when Juninho played. If Juninho’s payments not registered with the SFA/SPL then does the game get marked as a 3-3 draw?

     

     

    Klos, Hutton, Boumsong, Moore, Vignal, Ricksen, Mladenovic, (Thompson 87), Alex Rae, Arveladze (Lovenkrands 53), Prso, Novo.

     

     

    Or because nearly every single player for the Huns on EBT mean that we win 36-3?

  27. henryclarkson on

    Just lit a Candle for Marvin Andrews……..

     

     

    and the wind blew it Out ?

  28. One of yesterdays most shocking developments was that Neil “Farry” Doncaster hadnt received the rfcs requested paperwork re the ebt’s.

     

    He had been telling us that the investigation was moving along smoothly and the result would soon be revealed.

     

    Rfc’s refusal to hand over this imformation should be enough to have them booted out of football.

  29. Nacho Nonuts done the fighting fund walk on Sunday.

     

     

    lol!

     

     

    When will Billy Dodds & Neil McCann both admit they lied?

  30. Twitter waking up now…

     

     

    Tony McKelvie ‏@TonyMcKelvie

     

    D&P are seemingly more conflicted than Campbell Ogilvie. If Lord Hodge removes them, the clock is reset on Admin and RFCplc is toast.

     

     

    Bye bye hunnies…

  31. so just to recap celtic got their tax advice from an ex governor of the bank of england, rangers got theirs from a part time porn star, they may have got their abbreviations mixed up EBTs and SM simple mistake.