Incorruptible FIFA World Cup Thread


Germany have just shown us what can be done with …

Comment on Incorruptible FIFA World Cup Thread by neepheid.

Germany have just shown us what can be done with a squad of good, but not world class, players. How many of these German players will be household names in 50 years? None, I suspect. No Messi, no Pele, no Maradonna, no Beckenbauer, no DiStefano. And all the better for that. If Germany lost a player through injury or suspension, I suspect that a competent replacement would just step in, and the team would get on with it.

Contrast with England’s pitiful efforts to build a team around Rooney, who isn’t close to world class, but let’s for a moment pretend that he is. If Rooney gets himself injured, or more likely, sent off, where does that leave the team? A total blind alley in term of team building, in my opinion.

Football is first and last a team game. Costa Rica are the conclusive proof of that. So the question for us is this- why can’t Scotland do a “Costa Rica”? We certainly don’t have any aspiring world class players to get in the way!

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Incorruptible FIFA World Cup Thread

I just knew it. The atrocious Howard Webb retained for the last 4 World Cup games. He clearly didn’t do enough damage in 2010- FIFA need a ref they can rely on.

Incorruptible FIFA World Cup Thread
It seems clear from the games so far, that FIFA have deemed Brazil as “untouchable” in terms of refereeing. Not Brazil’s fault, any defensive player who knows he can foul with impunity will just ratchet up the violence. The treatment dished out to Colombia’s Rodriguez during the quarter final was disgraceful, and Croatia had plenty of the same in the opening game.

However as soon as Howard Webb was confirmed as one of the referees, I knew what to expect. His next refereeing gig after the 2010 final should have involved two pub teams in a Saturday morning league. Yet up he pops at the WC yet again, praised on high by the sycophantic English media, history airbrushed out as usual. He clearly knows what FIFA expect, and duly provides it. I expect the final to be another festival of unpunished foul play, whoever gets there.

Incorruptible FIFA World Cup Thread
I would like to know where these advertising (sorry cooling) breaks are covered in the rules of the game? No doubt we will get hot soup breaks if a world cup finals game is ever played somewhere a bit chilly in June (Methil or Pittodrie, from memory!).

It is all just about money, in my opinion.

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The Vice Closes
It seems that Broadfoot’s amateur hour PR ploy of leaking a 5 year old confidential letter from Celtic to the SFA has spectacularly backfired. Now it’s all out in the open- and having first broken confidence themselves, the SFA cannot complain about that.
Celtic’s 5 year restraint, in keeping their dealings with the SFA confidential, cost them a lot, not just my season ticket money, but  doubtless the money of a few others besides, plus, and more importantly, the erosion by many others of their faith in the club they have loved all their lives.
Now Regan is staring at the abyss. As I posted yesterday, even the leaking of Celtic’s 2012 letter would, in itself, finish him in any normal association. Can he now do anything other than resign? He faces pressure from the SPFL for an enquiry. He faces a Judicial Review which could extend to all shenanigans going back 10 years and more.
Even his own Compliance Officer, who I assume is a solicitor with something to lose professionally, will shortly be opening a few rusty old filing cabinets in Ogilvie’s old room. I was going to say look under the carpet, but that really is a stretch for an internal enquiry.
On a personal level, I can now resume my relationship with CFC, happy in the knowledge that my club were not ignoring the corruption, but challenging it in a professional manner. That feels very good indeed, believe me.

The Vice Closes
If it is correct that Celtic’s 5 year old letter to the SFA was leaked to The Times by the SFA’s former employee and current PR guru, Mr Broadfoot, presumably as the opening shot in a “divide and rule” campaign, then the SFA have some serious questions to answer.
Is that how a competent governing body treats one of its members? A leak of private correspondence? Really? Celtic should kick up such a stooshie about this leak that the instigator (and you can be sure that Broadfoot is only carrying out instructions) is identified and booted out of Scottish football.
There are clearly individuals within the SFA who think that they can act as they like with total impunity. They have learned nothing from the Farry episode. It’s time they were taught a lesson once and for all.  

Time for Scots Government to Take Bull by the Horns
DarkbeforedawnJuly 9, 2017 at 15:55  
The Rangers Tax Case was seen as a test study into EBTs in football, and many media outlets think this is the tip of the iceberg, particularly in England. Surely the SFA should consult with their cross border counterparts on what actions may be taken? Arsenal have already settled an EBT case for their title winning year, so if we are applying the logic Rangers should have titles stripped because they were using illegal means of paying their players, surely Arsenals league titled should be taken away? And what if a number of other big fish in England are found guilty?
All English clubs involved either already have, or very soon will, reach settlements with HMRC. Nobody is going to court, because they aren’t stupid enough or arrogant enough to assume that they can win in the face of the facts, just because of who they are.
It was open to Rangers to correct matters by being open and honest with HMRC, and paying up, but firstly they didn’t see why they should, and secondly, they had no way of paying.
The fact that Rangers evaded more tax than they could subsequently repay just highlights the industrial scale of what went on at that club.
If the English clubs involved  took it a step further, as Rangers did, and concealed EBT payments from the FA, or had undisclosed side letters as part of players’ contracts, then of course the FA should take action.
The footballing offence is not tax evasion as such, but false reporting to the SFA of payments to players, and failure to lodge correct player contract details with the SFA.
What the SC judgement blows away totally is the “no sporting advantage” reasoning of LNS. Other clubs could not save on PAYE by using the EBT payment method. That is now an established fact.  
I’m pretty sure that industrial scale tax evasion could, in fact probably should, also lead to footballing charges along the lines of “bringing the game into disrepute”, but it will be snowing hard in hell the day that the SFA take that line with any club playing out of Ibrox.

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