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Re: What have the SFA got to hide?

Postby Scottish » Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:02 am

the hibLOG wrote:Lest we forget, Campbell left Rangers and swiftly accepted Vladimir Romanov's shilling.


Litas surely? This is one of the most surprising aspects of the past month - the silence of Vlad. I would have thought he would have been amongst the first to make some noise and most people seem to assume that in any vote on a new Rangers, Hearts will be against it. And yet, and yet... the Ogilvie business raises the prospect of Hearts' financial affairs perhaps being on the same footing as Rangers. Which would make Vlad's silence rational. OTOH he may just be keeping his powder dry. Surely not long to find out as the administrators (except they're not really administrators as they ballsed up their own paperwork and have to go back to court on Monday to confirm they are who they claim they are, thus adding another few grand in legal fees to the weekly outgoings at Ibrox) have set a deadline of expression of firm interests for this Friday.

So we have Paul Murray and the Knights who say Ni (Surrender) in the Scotsman saying they'll stand aside if there's a bigger bid - i.e. almost any bid other than Whyte. Then this Brian Kennedy character who can almost certainly put in a bigger bid but says he doesn't want to really own Rangers. He'll only do it if no one else does and to keep the wife happy. That leaves the legendary Far East bid (The Sun) and the US bid (The Record). All from allegedly stinking rich backers (presumably with wealth off the radar, as Keith Jackson said about Whyte). Yet oddly enough all these potential backers were either unaware the club were for sale during the four years Murray had them on the market or thought the then asking price of £18,000,001 was too much.

Gets weirder every day.
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Re: What have the SFA got to hide?

Postby Scottish » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:44 pm

There are rumours circulating tonight that UEFA will be paying the SFA a visit next week. A word of caution. These emanate from Celtic-friendly sources and there is nothing on UEFA's website to confirm or deny the validity of these claims. Two clubs have allegedly complained to UEFA about the use of EBT's, 'letters of intent,' 'dual contracts' call them what you will, at Ibrox. These are Werder Bremen, who were beaten by Rangers in the UEFA Cup in 2007-08 and Porto who Rangers beat at home and drew with away in the Champions League the season before, thus qualifying for the last sixteen at the expense of the Portuguese team. Again, there is nothing on either Werder Bremen's or Porto's website about this. UEFA also have an executive committee meeting over two days next Tuesday and Wednesday and the full congress is next Thursday. All these meetings are far from Glasgow, in Istanbul.

However, it would be wrong to assume that just because nothing has been said in public and UEFA are assembling in Turkey that complaints have not been made. As I said last week the whole contracts thing is far bigger than Scottish football and if these rumours are true (and it would be wrong to dismiss them purely on the grounds that they come from those with Celtic affiliations), then coupled with the ongoing Channel 4 investigation, it means that the cosy little goldfish bowl of Scottish football is in for a long overdue shake-up. The onus now lies with the SFA and SPL to prove they take their responsibilities seriously. In the case of the SFA that means investigating the various allegations against Rangers further back than May last year and for the SPL to be rigorous in their own inquiry into the alleged 'dual contracts.' That means a little bit more than 'Did you have an EBT, Mr Ogilvie?' 'Oh, I see, it wisnae for much. That's fine then' Or 'Did you authorise dual contracts Sir David?' 'No, you didn't? Apologies for even mentioning it.'

The Armageddon scenario draws ever closer. That it won't just be Rangers that lose out on Europe but all our clubs and perhaps even the national team. While a UEFA diktat to put our house in order might be welcomed by many, surely it would be better to do it first ourselves?
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Re: What have the SFA got to hide?

Postby the hibLOG » Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:36 am

scottish wrote:The Armageddon scenario draws ever closer. That it won't just be Rangers that lose out on Europe but all our clubs and perhaps even the national team. While a UEFA diktat to put our house in order might be welcomed by many, surely it would be better to do it first ourselves?


I see the SFA have charged Rangers, though the charges seem to amount to little more than being a procreative act embarrassment to Scottish football. They could have done that at many points over the past few years, such as Manchester, or losing to Kaunas, or just, you know, existing.
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Re: What have the SFA got to hide?

Postby Scottish » Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:21 pm

Interesting to see Alex Thomson's blog on Saturday regarding the whole mess. I'd like to know which gentleman of Her Majesty's Press Corps threatened him physically. There are several suspects and I suppose it depends on who he talked to and the questions he asked. For instance:

Mr Traynor, how does it feel to be the originator of the phrase "succulent lamb?" Are you proud of this?

Mr Jackson, what evidence did you have that Craig Whyte possessed "wealth off the radar?" when you wrote this nonsense at the time of his takeover of Rangers?

Mr Leckie, what motivated you to make a comparison between current events at Rangers and what happened decades ago at Celtic Boys Club?

Mr Broadfoot, exactly how old is it, how beautiful is it and can you specify exactly which colours are fine?

Mr English, when you were granted two one-on-one interviews with Craig Whyte, why didn't you ask him once how he came by the means to buy Rangers?

Mr Chico, why did you deny Campbell Ogilvie had any knowledge of EBTs one night, then say the next night that while he knew about them and indeed benefited from them, he had done so only to the tune of a "good night out?" What kind of good night out do you get for £95,000?

Mr Spiers, were you ever anything other than holier than thou?

Mr King, why did you say live on air you had personally seen dual contracts then deny you had done so even though the proof had been plastered all over YouTube by then?

Mr Leggatt, why haven't you been sectioned?

I'm sure there are plenty of other candidates.
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