Scottish Football Association.
Articles of Association.
Powers of the Board of the SFA.
“It [the Board]shall have power to enquire into all and any financial arrangements between recognised football bodies, clubs and players and to cancel any agreement between clubs and players contrary to the Articles and to publish in the public press or otherwise the findings of the Board in this regard and the substance of any and all evidence tendered in such enquiries.”
“It shall have the power
“to enquire into all and any financial arrangements
“between recognised football bodies, clubs and players
“and to cancel any agreement between clubs and players contrary to the Articles”.
While the prolonged HMRC inquiry into Rangers played out in public, the Scottish Football Association had the power to enquire into what was going on and rule accordingly. They chose not to.
Mr Bryson is the executive charged with this responsibility. He did nothing. Then his evidence to the Commission determined the outcome and effectively cleared his earlier inaction. In SFA parlance, this is “heavily conflicted”.
What say you now, Mr Bryson?
It was always rather curious that the SPL convened the Commission, not the SFA, which is the registration body. Had it been the SFA, the first route of appeal would be to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). CAS ruled against Mr Bryson’s interpretation of proper registration when the Swiss FA registered Sion players, in line with the documentation submitted, but improperly.
If the SPL takes the matter to CAS it will win.
Celtic, and Celtic fans, cannot do anything alone. We need to stand with other SPL clubs, or to be more specific, we need to stand with the fans of other SPL clubs in the first instance. An SPL Fan Group is needed. More on this later.
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